TRAC Reports has recently released its latest data on the trends of employment civil rights lawsuits. The decrease of civil rights lawsuits in the employment context is not surprising.
TRAC Reports states:
The latest available data from the federal courts show that during February 2013 the government reported 950 new employment civil rights filings. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse TRAC, this number is down 7.9 percent over the previous month when the number of filings of this type totaled 1,032, and has dropped 13.2 percent from its level one year ago see Table 1.
TRAC further states that the volume of civil rights matters filed in federal districts during February 2013 was 3.1 per every million persons in the US. Last year, that number of filings was 4.2.
via Drop in Employment Civil Rights Lawsuits.
The number of jobs in the legal services sector remained essentially flat in June, at around 1.1 million, according to the Labor Department. (The jobs data show legal services added 200 jobs.)
That has been the story since the beginning of the year. The good news is that legal services has added about 8,500 jobs since June 2011.
Conditions at law firms have stabilized since 2009, when the legal industry shed 41,900 positions, according to the Labor Department. Cuts were more moderate last year, with some 2,700 positions eliminated.
Professional and technical services as a group — which includes legal, accounting and bookkeeping, architecture and engineering, computer systems design, and management and technical consulting — accounted for 18,200 new jobs in June, according to the Labor Department. Management and technical consulting services led the way, adding 8,900 jobs.
Overall, nonfarm payrolls grew by 80,000 last month and unemployment was unchanged at 8.2%
via Legal Jobs Report: June – Law Blog – WSJ.
The EEOC’s Press Release provides,
Federal employees and applicants filed 17,583 complaints of employment discrimination during fiscal year 2010, a 3.75 percent increase over the previous year, according to the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Annual Report on the Federal Work Force Part I: EEO Complaints Processing for Fiscal Year 2010. The report, issued today, assesses federal agencies’ equal employment opportunity complaints program statistics. The full text of the report is available on the agency’s web site at http://www.eeoc.gov/federal/reports/fsp2010/index.cfm.
As with private sector charges of discrimination, retaliation was the most common allegation of discrimination, and registered a 2.7 percent increase over the prior fiscal year. Age and race (African-American) discrimination were the next most frequently alleged bases and each registered 5.1 percent increases. Federal employees and applicants are also protected against employment discrimination on the bases of color, sex, national origin, religion, disability, equal pay and genetic information