The number of workplace discrimination claims alleging disability-based bias skyrocketed last year, touching record highs. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it received more complaints of job bias related to disability, than ever before.
In 2012, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency received 26,379 claims that alleged workplace discrimination based on disability. That was an increase from 25,742 claims filed in 2011.
Out of all the disability-related workplace discrimination claims that were filed last year, the agency found meritorious allegations in about 5907 of the claims.
The increase in disability-related workplace discrimination claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission came even though there was a decrease in the overall number of discrimination and workplace bias complaints filed with the agency. Last year, there was a significant decline in the number of job bias complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with a total of 99,412 complaints filed.
The sad part of the matter for Los Angeles employment lawyers is that the number of disability discrimination complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was high not just in 2012, but has been consistently high and increasing every year. Since 2005 at least, the number of employment claims alleging discrimination based on disability, have continued to increase.
That is an extremely sad situation because it indicates that even with the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act employers continue to discriminate against people who face physical and mental challenges. These persons may find that they are not considered for promotions, and not considered for certain jobs even though they are physically and mentally capable of performing those jobs.