The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a federal agency that is responsible for enforcing workplace discrimination laws. Every year, the EEOC releases information on the types of complaints filed by employees against their employers. The EEOC recently released last year’s data, which revealed that retaliation accounts for nearly 50% of all complaints filed with the agency in 2017.
Workplace Discrimination Complaints in 2017
The EEOC received a total of 84,254 complaints of workplace discrimination in fiscal year 2017. Retaliation was the most common complaint among employees, accounting for about 49% of the total complaints filed. Unfortunately, retaliation was far from the only type of discrimination that employees faced in the workplace. Over 26,000 disability discrimination complaints and nearly 29,000 racial discrimination complaints were also filed with the EEOC. Other common complaints involved allegations of discrimination on the basis of sex, age, and national origin.
Why is Retaliation So Common?
According to the EEOC, retaliation has been the most common allegation made against employers for years. In many cases, these are more than just allegations. In fact, the EEOC typically finds proof of discrimination in about 40-50% of retaliation claims, which is higher than the numbers seen in other types of claims.
Based on these statistics, it is clear that retaliation is a serious problem in many workplaces. But, why is it so common? Research has shown that the desire to retaliate against someone is a natural human response to feeling offended or threatened by that person’s actions. This desire becomes especially strong when someone’s self-image is threatened.
Although it is natural for humans to feel the need to retaliate, studies have shown that most people choose not to act upon it. They weigh the consequences of retaliation and come to the conclusion that it is not smart to take action in order to seek revenge. But, if someone does not feel there are consequences for retaliation, this could motivate him to take action. Therefore, it’s possible that retaliation is common in workplaces because employers do not feel they will be caught or punished for their actions. For this reason, retaliation is more common in companies with cultures that tolerate this type of behavior.
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