Magazine article Workforce

Workplace Bias Claims Rise

Magazine article Workforce

Workplace Bias Claims Rise

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Filings Based on Age and Disability

At a time of cutting people and clipping resources, the workplace can be particularly cruel to older and disabled people. New data from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for 2001 shows that allegations of discrimination based on age and disability are the two categories of charges filed with the agency against private employers that are conspicuously increasing.

The statistics, which are available online at www.eeoc.gov, illustrate that the charges filed through the agency increased I percent from the previous year to 80,840-the highest level since the mid-1990s. Compared to the year 2000, allegations of discrimination based on age rose 1.5 percent, and those related to disability increased .5 percent. All other charges declined slightly or remained at about he same level as the previous year.

"The incidence rate of age and disability discrimination appears to be on the rise with the graying of America," EEOC chairwoman Cari M. Dominguez said in a prepared statement. …

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