Raise in Federal Employment Discrimination Complaints

It is not only in New York that there is a raise in the number of discrimination cases filed, but also within the Federal government.

Last Wednesday, the EEOC released a report on the Federal workforce and found that Federal job discrimination complaints increased by nearly 4 percent in fiscal 2010 over the previous year. The most common allegation was retaliation against employees who complain about discrimination. Age and race were the next most frequently alleged bases and each registered a 5 percent increase.

“We are concerned that retaliation is the most common basis of discrimination alleged, the Federal government should be a model workplace” said Dexter Brooks, director of the EEOC’s Federal Sector Programs. Unlike in the private sector, where the EEOC investigates and processes charges of discrimination, federal agencies themselves are responsible for handling complaints of discrimination filed against them.

The Report found that the average processing time for conducting investigations dropped from 185 days in fiscal year 2009 to 181 days in 2010. It is worth noting that the parties entered into settlements in 21 percent of the total complaint closures this year.

The Coalition for Change, a civil rights group considered this report proof of the “failure of presidential leadership” on the issue.