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Discrimination state? Florida ranks No. 2 in country in worker complaints to EEOC in 2011

eeoclogo.pngWake up and good morning. Florida may be the fourth largest state in population but it ranks No. 2 in workplace discrimination complaints filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). So says new data for 2011 just released by the commission that shows Florida workers filed 8,088 complaints last year -- nearly 32 complaints filed on average every working day of 2011.

Of those 8,088, 2,598 were complaints of racial discrimination; 2,406 were complaints of sex discrimination; 1,446 were complaints of discrimination over national origin; 313 were complaints of religious discrimination; 266 were complaints based on color discrimination; 3,231 were complaints related to retaliation; and 1,782 were age discrimination complaints. (Some complaints involved multiple types of discrimination so these individual numbers do not add up to the 8,088 total figure.)

Texas was No. 1 with 9,952 discrimination complaints filed with the EEOC, though of course that state has close to 6 million more people in it than Florida. The largest state by population (almost twice the size of Florida, California, reported only 7,166 EEOC complaints last year -- in part because the state is more proactive in dealing with complaints.

This story by Law 360 about Texas, published by the Huffington Post, suggests Texas has so many EEOC complaints because the state agency responsible for dealing with worker discrimination issues does little to help Texans in such situations.

Can we suggest the same situation in Florida? 2011 was the third year in a row Florida ranked No. 2.

And more Americans than ever filed job discrimination claims last year. Read more here.

Here are the top 5 states in EEOC discrimination complaints for 2011:

1. Texas 9,952

2. Florida 8,088

3. California 7,166

4. Illinois 6,098

5. Georgia 5,599

Here's the whole table of EEOC complaints by states, broken down by type in 2011. And some interesting legal insights into the EEOC data is here.

-- Robert Trigaux, Business Columnist, Tampa Bay Times

[Last modified: Thursday, May 17, 2012 7:24am]


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