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Wrongful Retaliation Claims Increase in 2014

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Although the overall number of employment claims involving employers in the United States dropped in 2014, California employment lawyers found an increase in the number of retaliation claims reported last year.

Those findings came from an analysis of data released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. According to the data, the percentage of employees complaining that their employer retaliated against them for filing a complaint reached approximately 42.8% in 2014. Those were the highest levels ever recorded by the agency.

There was however not much of a change or a reduction in the number of other complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. For instance, the percentage of complaints alleging employer discrimination based on race actually remained steady at approximately 25% over the years.

In 2014, more than 37,000 complaints were related to retaliation followed by racial harassment and racial discrimination complaints which accounted for more than 31,000 complaints, or 35% of the total number of complaints. These were followed by sex discrimination including pregnancy discrimination and sexual harassment complaints, which accounted for 29.3% of all complaints, followed by disability at 28% and age discrimination at 20.2%.

The remainder of the complaints were related to national origin discrimination, which accounted for close to 11% of the complaints, followed by religion which accounted for 4% of the complaints. The remaining complaints were related to color discrimination, violations of the Equal Pay Act, as well as the genetic information non-discrimination act.

California was responsible for the third-highest number of charges filed in 2014, with 6,363 charges filed in 2014. The highest number of charges were filed in Texas which recorded 8,035 complaints followed by the state of Florida, where 7,528 employee complaints were received in 2014.

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