Job Discrimination Lawsuits Up 7.1%

Job Discrimination Lawsuits Up 7.1%

Age, Disability, and Race Complaints are Highest.

As originally reported in the Dallas Business Journal, the number of lawsuits with alleged discrimination, filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had jumped 7.1% in 2010. The story goes on to say that the number of employment discrimination cases reached 99,922 in 2010, up from 93,277 the previous year. The most common concerns filed included disability, age, and race issues.

So where is all of this coming from? Well, the fact that there are so few jobs around the country - coupled with employers who have been more "picky" about who they hire has likely caused a lot of the problems. In this kind of market with hundreds of job applicants applying for one job, the opportunity to be very selective can sometimes turn down the wrong road and end up in a legal grey area.

It is no surprise that employers will choose not only who is best qualified, but, who fits in best with their company. If you think about it, if you were to hire a new employee and had only one spot with hundreds (or thousands) of applicants, wouldn't that require you to be very selective, too? I am not saying that what some of these companies may be doing is right, but I can understand the need for a business to be extra cautious about who they employ.