The California Department of Fair Employment & Housing released its statistics for 2008 last month, and there are some ominous signs that all employers should know:
- Complaints to the DFEH increased by more than 15% in 2008 (3,000 more complaints);
- Disability claims were most frequently filed, followed by retaliation, sexual harassment and age discrimination;
- In fact, disability claims comprised more than 36% of all claims;
- Prosecutions of employers increased by 28 percent.
California also has a disproportionate ratio of total employee complaints – one out of every 5 complaints in the country is from California.