Texas Leads The Nation In EEOC Charge Filings

This blog's humble author is quoted in a Law360 story today about the dubious distinction Texas has as the state responsible for more EEOC Charge filings than any other state:

"More federal workplace discrimination charges were filed in Texas than in any other state in 2011, with 10 percent of all charges nationwide lodged there, according to state-by-state data released by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Monday.

The EEOC received a record 99,947 charges of discrimination during the 2011 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, and of those, 9,952 charges were brought in Texas, the agency said.

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While the sheer size of Texas' population is most likely a factor in the state's position as the one with the most charges, it is not the only factor, attorneys say. Population size alone can't account for why Texas' number would trump that of another populous state like California, attorneys told Law360.

“Many states like California have a robust state-level agency that provides protections for workers, but in Texas the agency provides very little, so more of that work has to be shouldered by the federal government rather than the state,” said San Antonio-based attorney Christopher J. McKinney of The McKinney Law Firm PC, who represents employees and select employers.

Management-side attorney Ron Chapman Jr. of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC agreed that the state agencies' activity level likely accounted for the number of charges being higher in Texas than in California. ..."

 Read the entire story at Law360.

The statistics really are quite damning for Texas. Texas accounted for a full 10% of all national EEOC charge filings, and 15% of the country’s religion and national origin charges. That's pretty deplorable. 

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Link to the EEOC Chart of Charge Filings by State