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Discrimination filings increased in 2006: EEOC


WASHINGTON--A total of 75,768 discrimination charges were filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in fiscal year 2006, a nearly 0.5% increase from the previous year and the first rise since fiscal 2002, the agency said Thursday.

The EEOC reported that--as in past years--charges based on race were the most frequent. The 27,238 race-based charges were followed by 23,247 complaints based on sex and 22,555 based on retaliation.

Other frequently cited complaints were disability, at 15,625; national origin, at 8,327; and religion, at 2,541.

With the exception of age, which fell to 13,469 complaints, and equal pay, which fell to 663, all categories posted an increase from 2005, according to the EEOC.

In addition, there were 12,025 sexual harassment and a record 4,901 pregnancy discrimination charges filed with the federal agency, state and local fair employment practices agencies, the EEOC said. A record 15% of the sexual harassment charges were filed by men.