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37 percent of discrimination cases against employers claim retaliation

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., June 7, 2012—Workers nationally filed more charges of employer retaliation in 2011 than any other discrimination charge, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Charges of retaliation, up 3 percent from the prior year, were involved in 37 percent of all cases against employers.

Charges ranked by frequency in 2011Charges of race and sex discrimination remained the second and third most common charges, but both declined slightly in frequency from the prior year.

However, charges of disability discrimination and age discrimination increased. Each is involved in about a fourth of all charges against employers.

The EEOC said the overall total number of charges against employers in 2011 was flat compared 2010. However, the overall total number of charges has risen 32 percent since 2006, when charges against employers began rising steeply.

Charges of retaliation are up 66 percent since 2006.

Most cases against employers go no further than arbitration or administrative hearing. But even in those early stages of the legal process, defense costs can be staggering for small businesses.

Typically, more than half of employment practices lawsuits are against small businesses.

SFM offers insurance coverage for employment practices liabilities, including defense costs. It is specially designed and priced for small businesses and is easily available as an endorsement to your SFM workers' compensation policy.

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