EEOC sets new records for complaints received

According to a report from the Bureau of National Affairs, more employees than ever are filing complaints with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received a record 99,922 private sector discrimination charges in fiscal year 2010 but managed to keep its charge backlog almost unchanged at 86,338 pending charges, the commission reported today.

In its annual performance and accountability report, EEOC said that during the fiscal year ending on Sept. 30, 2010, discrimination charges filed reached their highest level in the agency’s 45-year history. EEOC’s previous record was 95,402 charges received in FY 2008 and in FY 2009, 93,277 private sector charges were filed with the agency.