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Is workplace retaliation still an issue?

Retaliation, as well as employment discrimination, remains a major issue in the United States. Every year, there are tens of thousands of situations in which a worker is discriminated or retaliated against. While some people let this go and simply deal with the problem, others realize that they have rights.

According to Insurance Journal, citing statistics from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), employment discrimination is declining. The same cannot be said about retaliation, with these types of complaints reaching an all time high during fiscal year 2014.

The article went on to add the following: "According to an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) review of the charges it receives, the percentage alleging retaliation reached its highest amount ever: 42.8 percent."

In addition to retaliation, which holds the top spot, here are the next nine most common charges filed with the EEOC:

-- Race discrimination

-- Sex discrimination, including harassment

-- Disability discrimination

-- Age discrimination

-- National origin discrimination

-- Religion discrimination

-- Color discrimination

-- Equal Pay Act

-- Genetics Information Non-Discrimination Act

Even in today's day and age, there are companies and employees who do not realize the seriousness of retaliation and discrimination. Instead, they cross the line with an employee, which has the potential to lead to a formal complaint or lawsuit.

If a person is discriminated or retaliated against at work, they don't have to sit back and hope that things get better. Everybody has rights as an employee, and some workers realize it is best to consult with the EEOC or an attorney to learn more.

Source: Insurance Journal, "Top 10 Employment Discrimination Claims" accessed Feb. 09, 2015

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