Some recent articles report on recent trends in employment litigation, and specifically the kinds of claims that are being filed by plaintiffs. Lawyers USA, for instance, recently highlighted a 10% increase in the number of religious discrimination charges that were filed with the EEOC in 2006. (As noted below, despite the percentage increase, religious discrimination charges constitute a very small portion of the EEOC's docket.)
On March 16 Law.com published an article on a boomlet (pardon the pun) in age discrimination claims as baby boomers approach retirement age.
These articles led me to take a look at the EEOC's statistics on the charges filed with them. Racial discrimination charges lead the way, followed closely by sex discrimination and retaliation charges. Age and disability discrimination complaints show up in the charges of about a fifth of the people who filed charges in 2006. National origin charges appear in about 10% of cases, and religious discrimination in only 3%. Equal Pay Act charges are barely a blip on EEOC's radar screen.
In my New Jersey practice the most common recent complaints are related to disability and Family and Medical Leave Act issues. Similarly, our new Jersey Employment Law Blog statistics indicate that the largest number of recent searches involve disability and leave posts.
Has anyone seen different trends in New Jersey? Nationally?