The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, known informally as the EEOC, received 67,448 workplace discrimination charges throughout the year 2020. Through these complaints, the EEOC secured $439.2 million for victims of discrimination in California and other states throughout the country. As an employee, it’s important to understand what the most common complaints are so that you can verify you’re not experiencing the same type of discrimination in your workplace.
Accounting for 55.8% of the entire 2020 workplace discrimination charges received by the EEOC, retaliation is the number one employee discrimination complaint. The most common behavior cited for retaliation complaints was the wrongful termination of employees. The second most common behavior that employers exhibited was harassment of the employee.
The second most common complaint that the EEOC received for the year 2020 was based on disability. Many of these complaints that were filed were because the employer was unwilling to make reasonable accommodations for the person with a disability.
Race and sex
Coming in at a close second and third in the complaint department are complaints filed regarding discrimination based on a person’s race or sex. It is illegal for any employer to discriminate against any one of their employees based on the employee’s race or sex.
Every year, the EEOC receives a variety of complaints from employees who were discriminated against by their employers. The top complaints for the year 2020 included retaliation, disabilities, race and sex. If you’ve experienced workplace discrimination, it’s advisable to speak to an attorney to help file your complaint. Realize that you have a limited amount of time to file your complaint before you give up your rights to take legal action against your employer for their actions.