The number of workers claiming job discrimination based on disability, religion or national origin surged, as federal job-bias complaints overall stayed at near-record levels last year. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received more than 93,000 discrimination claims during the fiscal year ended September 30th, a 2% decrease from the record set in 2008, but the second-highest level in the commission’s history. As in previous years, claims based on race, sex and retaliation were the most frequent. The EEOC said that charges of disability discrimination rose by about 10%, to 21,451, the largest increase of any category. Allegations of race discrimination remain the most frequent complaint, accounting for about 36% of filings last year.
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