Nearly 100,000 job discrimination claims were filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in fiscal 2010, an all-time record. Claims were up 7% over the previous year during the period, which ended in September 2010. They were up 21% over fiscal 2007.
There were several reasons for the increase. One is that the struggling economy led to more employees being laid off. Another is that the agency had a bigger budget, and spent money to educate employees and make it easier for them to file claims. The total amount the agency collected from employers in lawsuits it filed itself during the period was $404 million, also an all-time record.