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EEOC Healthcare Bias Complaints on the Rise

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 20, 2011

EEOC data for the overall workforce in fiscal 2010 showed its mediation program ended the year with a record 9,370 resolutions, 10% more than fiscal 2009, with more than $142 million in monetary benefits. At the end of fiscal 2010, EEOC was conducting 465 investigations, involving more than 2,000 charges. EEOC resolved 7,213 requests for hearings in the federal sector, secured more than $63 million for plaintiffs, and resolved more than 4,600 federal sector appeals -- 400 more than in fiscal 2009.

Even with the record-setting pace of new complaints, EEOC said it has reduced rate of growth of its backlog of cases. EEOC ended fiscal 2010 with 86,338 pending charges -- an increase of 570 charges, less than 1%. Between fiscal years 2008 and 2009, EEOC's pending inventory increased 15.9%.

“We are pleased to see that our rebuilding efforts are having an impact on how efficiently and effectively the commission enforces the civil rights laws protecting the nation’s workers,” said EEOC Chair
Jacqueline A. Berrien. “Discrimination continues to be a substantial problem for too many job seekers and workers, and we must continue to build our capacity to enforce the laws that ensure that workplaces are free of unlawful bias.”

In fiscal 2010, EEOC filed 250 lawsuits, resolved 285 lawsuits, and resolved 104,999 private sector charges, and secured more than $404 million in from employers -- the most money ever recovered by EEOC through the administrative process.

All major categories of charge filings in the private sector -- which include charges filed against state
and local governments – increased, including alleged discrimination under Title VII; the Equal Pay Act; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; the Americans with Disabilities Act; and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, EEOC said.

 

John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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2 comments on "EEOC Healthcare Bias Complaints on the Rise"


Marc Brenman (1/25/2011 at 10:34 AM)
I'm a bit surprised at this: "EEOC attributed the surge in charge filings to multiple factors, including...increased diversity..." Did EEOC really say that? Why would increased diversity lead to more complaints? Under ideal circumstances, increased diversity should lead to fewer complaints. But in my experience, there is no correlation between diversity and number of complaints. Some organizations with a great deal of diversity experience many complaints, like EEOC itself, while some organizations with very little diversity experience complaints, especially in regard to job applications and how the few minorities are treated in employment circumstances.

Von (1/24/2011 at 12:57 PM)
As we see 4 generations in the work place I believe we will see more age discrimination. As many of the baby boomers not only have to work longer because of the collapse of the economy, but also those of us going back to school. As I will be 61 when I graduate with my Masters in HR, I probably will hit a lot of road blocks because of my age even though my health is excellent. We are already seeing this in not hiring older phsycians.