The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received 36,344 retaliation complaints in fiscal year 2011, an increase of three percent from the year prior, making them the largest single block of filings. In all, the EEOC fielded 99,947 discrimination complaints, a slight increase from the previous year's 99,922.

Fiscal year 2011 ended Sept. 30.

Through its enforcement, mediation and litigation efforts, the EEOC also said it obtained a record $455.6 million in relief during fiscal 2011, up $51 million from the previous year.

Other charges involved sex discrimination (28.5 percent of the total, but at 28,534 filings down 1.7 percent from the previous year); disability discrimination (25,744 and 25.8 percent of the total filings); and age discrimination (23,465 and 23.5 percent of the total).

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