The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), reports that the number of discrimination charges filed has actually fallen. For federal employees, anyway. The EEOC released its Annual Report on the Federal Work Force for FY 2007 last week.
According to EEOC Chairwoman, Naomi C. Earp, “The report shows that in FY 2007, federal employees and applicants filed 16,363 complaints alleging employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability and reprisal — down from 16,723 complaints in FY 2006 and 18,000 complaints in FY 2005.” Over the past ten years, the number of claims filed by Hispanic, African American, and Asian federal employees have increased slightly but the number of disability claims has declined.
The private sector did not fare as well during FY2007. As previously posted, the EEOC reported that a record number of discrimination charge were filed with the agency last year.