What Are the Most Common EEOC Complaints?

What Are the Most Common EEOC Complaints?

Allegations based on retaliation, race and sex were the most reported workplace discrimination complaints filed during the 2014 fiscal year, states the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The commission received 88,778 complaints between Oct. 1, 2013, and Sept. 30, 2014.

Complaints of workplace retaliation, based on all federal statutes, were claimed in 42.8 percent of charges filed, states the EEOC's Office of Research, Information and Planning. The office adds that most of these charges were brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII covers discrimination in federal employment based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Racial discrimination was listed in 35 percent of complaints, according to the EEOC. Discrimination based on a person's sex were claimed in 29.3 percent of the complaints.

The EEOC stated that discrimination according to disability was alleged in 28.6 percent and age in 23.2 percent of complaints. National origin was listed in 10.8 percent of complaints, while religious discrimination accounted for 4 percent. Violations of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 were alleged in 1.1 percent of complaints. The Equal Pay Act prohibits wage discrimination based on sex, according to the commission.

Multiple charges could be filed within a complaint, states the commission, so the total number of charges exceeds the number of complaints.