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Workplace Disability Discrimination Complaints Decline

April 15, 2019
Source: Disability Scoop

For the second year in a row, complaints of disability-related job discrimination are down, according to a government report.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said there were 24,605 charges of job bias involving disability last year. That’s down from 26,838 in 2017.

The downward trend comes after the agency reported a record high of 28,073 disability complaints in 2016.

The EEOC monitors disability-related workplace discrimination in addition to employment discrimination complaints pertaining to race, color, sex, age, religion, retaliation, pay equity, genetic information and national origin.

For the fiscal year that ended September 30, 2018, the agency fielded 76,418 charges overall, less than the previous year. However, at 32.2 percent, disability continues to be one of the top reasons cited in complaints.

The EEOC indicated that it resolved 5,431 disability-related cases last year in favor of the person who brought the complaint and secured $136.5 million in monetary compensation for them.

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