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EEOC Receives Record Number of Job Discrimination Complaints

In 2011, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received a record number of job discrimination complaints, topping out at 99,947 discrimination charges. The most common complaint was “retaliation,” followed by “racial discrimination.”  New to the EEOC in 2011 was the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, which bans discrimination based on genetic information and family history. The new Act generated 245 charges last year.

Here is the breakdown of complaints the EEOC received in 2011:

  • Retaliation: 37,334
  • Race discrimination: 35,395
  • Sex discrimination: 28,534
  • Disability discrimination: 25,742
  • Age discrimination: 23,465

Also, for 2011, the EEOC said it was able to resolve more charges than it received last year. It closed 112,499 cases and decreased its pending cases by 10 percent. This was the first year since 2001 that the EEOC was able to reduce pending cases.

If you believe you have been the victim of unlawful discrimination based on your age, race, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or membership in another protected class, contact our firm today for the counsel of a discrimination attorney in New Jersey.

Our lawyers have been responsible for many precedent-setting cases that changed the landscape of employment discrimination law in New Jersey. Our founding partners have more than 50 years of combined experience in this area, and our firm has obtained millions of dollars for thousands of clients.

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Neil H. Deutsch
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About Neil H. Deutsch has been practicing law for over 35 years and is known as a skilled negotiator in employment and discrimination law. He believes in a bottom-line approach of risk analysis and cost effectiveness for his clients. "Case evaluation is something we take seriously," says Mr. Deutsch who seeks top net dollar for…

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Bruce L. Atkins
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About Bruce L. Atkins is regarded as one of New Jersey’s premier practitioners of employment and civil litigation. He has been selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers prestigious list every year since 2005.  This honor, bestowed upon a recipient by the votes of his peers, is a powerful nod to the skill Mr. Atkins…

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Adam J. Kleinfeldt
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About Adam J. Kleinfeldt joined Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt, P.C. in March of 2015.  He primarily represents individuals in employment litigations such as discrimination, retaliation, and whistle blowing matters.  He has extensive experience in all phases of the litigation process. Adam has obtained significant results for some of his clients, including a $525,000 jury verdict…

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About Diane Englander Peyser joined Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt, P.C. in September 2018 where she represents employees in wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment, and discrimination matters. Prior to joining Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt, P.C., Diane represented clients in all aspects of employment law on behalf of employees involving unemployment appeals, claims of sexual harassment, LGBT discrimination,…

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About Debra M. McGarvey joined Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt, P.C. in December 2019. She has extensive experience defending employees and employers in state and federal court in employment litigation matters. She has represented clients on various issues arising out of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD), the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA),…

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