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Disability Related Employment Discrimination At Record Levels

By MICHELLE DIAMENT

January 11, 2011Text Size A A

A spike in disability related job bias claims led to an all time high in the number of federal job discrimination charges filed last year.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, handled 25,165 claims of workplace discrimination based on disability in fiscal year 2010, up 17 percent from 21,451 the previous year.

Those claims were among nearly 100,000 the EEOC received last year for job bias, marking the largest number of charges handled in a single year by the federal agency.

The EEOC accepts claims of workplace discrimination based on several factors including race, religion, disability and age. Disability claims have been on the rise since 2005.

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