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April 4, 2014

EEO Roundup: Are Federal Lawsuits That Claim Workplace Bias on the Wane?
By Patrick Dorrian

The number of new federal court filings claiming employment discrimination dipped below 1,000 for the first two months of the year for the first time since 2006. According to a report released March 26 by Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a nonpartisan research organization associated with Syracuse University, data from the federal courts show 862 new employment civil filings during February 2014 and 838 such filings in January. TRAC further reported that the number of employment lawsuits filed generally has been on the decline since topping out in 2010 and 2011. The number, it said, currently is 15.1 percent lower than a year ago and 12.9 percent lower than in February 2009. Is this a sign of less frequent workplace discrimination, or just fewer filings? Neither? It's probably too early to say, but it's a trend worth watching.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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