February 2018, Vol. 1

HR Extras

Discrimination charges in Texas hit 9-year low

The number of discrimination charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Texas is lower than it’s been since 2009, according to an EEOC news release.

The state experienced a decrease of 481 charges over last year, the largest decrease since 2011–2012. Still, the 8,827 charges in Texas account for 10.5 percent of the nation’s total—by far the most by any state in the country. Florida had the second-most discrimination charges filed in 2017 with 6,858.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the 2017 discrimination charges statistics in Texas (note that the percentage will add up to more than 100 because individuals often file charges claiming multiple types of discrimination):

  • 53 percent—retaliation
  • 34 percent—race
  • 31 percent—sex
  • 30 percent—disability
  • 22 percent—age
  • 13 percent—origin
  • 3 percent—religion

Nationally, the country reported 84,254 discrimination charges, down from 91,503 in 2016. Retaliation charges decreased slightly from last year but still accounted for 48.8 percent of all charges in 2017.

Once again, California proved it’s not all about state population size when considering the factors for the number of charges filed. Though it has 12 million more residents, California (5,423) had just 61 percent of charges Texas did.

For more on the statistics, visit the EEOC website.

Salaries in the United States are up from last year

A news release from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) detailed the wages of the nation's 113.3 million full-time and salaried workers in 2017. The report stated median weekly earnings were $860, up from $832 last year.

For a full report on salaries and wage earnings from the fourth quarter of 2017, visit the BLS website