The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 88,778 charges of employment discrimination in fiscal year 2014, according to the agency’s latest statistics, released February 4.
The number, the fewest in seven years, is a slight decrease from fiscal year 2013, when 93,727 charges were reported.
The EEOC reported that the decrease was likely partly due to the October 2013 government shutdown, which lead to 3,000 to 5,000 fewer complaints than is typically seen during the first quarter. The government fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30.
Disability discrimination complaints accounted for 28.6 percent of all claims, up from 27.7 percent for the previous year.
However, 42.8 percent of all claims were retaliation claims, which likely consisted of a significant number of disability-related claims as well.
“Behind these numbers are individuals who turned to the EEOC because they believe that they have suffered unlawful discrimination,” EEOC Chair Jenny R. Yang said in a news release. “The EEOC remains committed to meaningful resolution of charges and strategic enforcement to eliminate barriers to equal employment opportunity.”
The other categories the EEOC tracks are charges based on race, gender, age, national origin, religion, color, equal pay and genetic information.