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Complaints of job discrimination reach record high

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Complaints of job discrimination reach record high

The number of complaints coming from workers and job seekers has hit an all-time high, according to a report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The federal agency, which is responsible for investigating employment discrimination, charges logged nearly 100,000 complaints from citizens during the 2011 fiscal year. The agency also set another record by obtaining $365 million in monetary relief for alleged victims of job discrimination.

The EEOC handles cases involving hiring and pay discrimination based on age, race, sex, religion and disability, among other factors.

Christine Nazer, an agency spokeswoman, says the EEOC hasn't tried to account for the rise in complaints this year. "We really don't know why our charges increase or decrease, as we haven't conducted any studies," she says. But employment discrimination experts say the growing number of charges has everything to do with the sputtering economy. With unemployment hovering around 9 percent and 13.9 million American still out of work, some of the less scrupulous employers have more opportunities to discriminate in their hiring.

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