March 17th, 2009
09:24 AM ET

Workplace complaints rose in '08

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/01/29/obama.fair.pay/art.ll.prez.gi.jpg caption="President Obama stands with Lilly Ledbetter shortly before he signed the bill bearing her name."]
Andrea Billups
The Washington Times

The faces of five young, female bankers stare out resolutely from a recent cover of Forbes magazine. While all were on the Wall Street fast track, they made the cover not for their corporate prowess but because they have sued their former employer for workplace discrimination, claiming that factors such as their sex and even child-rearing issues led to their dismissal.

The women are not alone. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission this week said workplace discrimination charge filings in 2008 had spiked by 15 percent over the previous year with an "unprecedented" 13,000 more cases reported.

Economic woes, increased diversity and demographic changes, and a rising awareness of the law may have contributed to the uptick, the agency said.


Filed under: Road to Rescue • Unemployment • Women's Rights
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  1. Tamika Jackson

    I am like millions of others who is unemployed but choose not to be, and find it difficult to find employment in my state. I have and is still trying to do as our Government has suggested that we do. I worked in Management for a number of years and decided last year to take a course for Medical Office Specialist to keep myself employable and compettive in this struggling economy. I graduated in the fall, I completed my externship and have been continuing to volunteer at two facilities for the past six months; Henry Ford Health Systems(Human Resource Department) and University Health Center(OB/GYN Clinic) for the experience. I find that employers are not willing to train employees in a new career field and will not hire you for lack of experience. I do understand that employers expect the work to be done in a professional and precise manner, but no one seems to want to train you to do the work that they want performed. I talk to many people like myself who seems to be having the same problem, and is getting very frustrated with working for no pay but like myself, try to remain hopeful. Volunteering is suppose to be rewarding, but in my caes it isn't. I know that I am not the only one who feels this way, but trying to remain hopeful sometimes get hard when it seems like you just can't get a break.

    Tamika Jackson

    Detroit, MI

    March 18, 2009 at 1:40 am |
  2. Im right

    Im sure if they were really good at their job they wouldnt of been fired with the job market oversaturated now employers dont have to settel they can find anybody that they want their are way to many overqualified people looking for work these days.

    March 17, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  3. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Sometimes the strain of economic difficulties show its many hidden faces.

    March 17, 2009 at 10:42 am |