Ever wonder what the most popular discrimination complaint in the US is? According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the answer is racial discrimination / racial harassment. Following close behind are 2. sex discrimination / sexual harassment, 3. retaliation for making a discrimination complaint and 4. disability discrimination.
I’ve created the below chart from discrimination charge statistics published on the EEOC’s website. Because most people who file an EEOC charge list multiple types of discrimination, the total number of charges is actually less than what’s indicated, hovering around 75,000 to 80,000 per year.
Age discrimination is solidly in sixth place, but I suspect that will be rising significantly as the baby boom generation enters retirement age.
For more information, go to the EEOC’s statistics page.
For a higher resolution pdf version of the chart, right-click and save this link: EEOC Charge Statistics by Year.