Workplace bias on the rise, EEOC says

Federal employees are filing more discrimination complaints and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has affirmed more of those complaints as illegal discrimination. The rise in 2009 over the previous year is not big, but it is significant because it represents the second year of an increase, reversing what has been a decade of steady declines, the Federal Times reports. Among the reasons, experts say, are a larger work force and more training for employees on what constitutes discrimination. Federal employees filed 16,947 discrimination complaints in fiscal 2009, 195 more than in 2008, according to a new EEOC report. The increase is considerably smaller than the previous year’s increase: in 2008, there were 584 more discrimination complaints than in 2007.

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