The EEOC reported a record number of private sector discrimination charges filed in FY 2010, nearly reaching the 100,000 mark.  99,922 charges were filed in FY 2010, an increase of 6,645 (7%) from FY 2009. The most frequently filed charges were retaliation (36%), race discrimination (35.9%), and sex discrimination (29.1%).

Disability discrimination charges increased more

 The "law" or "lore" requiring employers to accommodate employees by excusing absence has reshaped employer attendance and productivity expectations.  Some say the law, as interpreted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, goes too far and creates an elusive and unworkable standard for managing employee attendance and productivity. 

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We posted recently about GINA’s prohibiting an employer from “actively” listening to conversations between colleagues in which they discuss their genetic information, including family medical history, and how it will limit an employer’s internet searches of applicants and employees. Add casual conversations, sometimes referred to as "water cooler" conversation, to the list of workplace activities curtailed by GINA.

 Talk about a reasonable accommodation challenge. What is an employer to do when its accommodation of one employee’s medical condition triggers another employee’s medical condition? The New York Times reported recently that the City of Indianapolis faced such a situation recently and is now facing an EEOC “failure to accommodate” charge. 

According to the Times