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Retaliation is most common discrimination complaint in fed workplace, EEOC says

Retaliation was the top form of discrimination complaint filed in 2010 by federal employees and federal job applicants.

Retaliation was the top form of discrimination complaint filed in 2010 by federal employees and federal job applicants, according to a new report on the federal workforce released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Overall, feds and applicants filed 17,583 employment discrimination complaints during fiscal 2010 — up 3.75 percent over the previous year, according to EEOC.

Charges of retaliation, the most common discrimination allegation, were up 2.7 percent from fiscal 2009. Age and race discrimination were the next most frequent complaints, EEOC said. Those complaints rose 5.1 percent each over the prior year.

The numbers were included in EEOC’s "Annual Report on the Federal Work Force Part I: EEO Complaints Processing for Fiscal Year 2010."

“We are concerned that retaliation is the most common basis of discrimination alleged,” said Dexter Brooks, director of EEOC’s federal sector programs. “We caution all federal agencies to make sure that reprisals do not become the usual response to complaints of discrimination.”

The full text of the report is available here.

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