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Workplace discrimination cases drop in Florida

 

ebenn@MiamiHerald.com

The number of workplace harassment and discrimination charges in Florida dropped nearly 13 percent last year, to 7,597 from 7,940 in 2012, according to new figures from the U.S. Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission.

But that represents a slight uptick in Florida’s share of total U.S. cases, which decreased 5.7 percent last year, to 93,727 charges. The state contributed 8.1 percent of the country’s total reported discrimination and harassment cases in 2013, up from 8 percent in 2012.

Those figures were provided in an infographic from the Network, which sells software and other products to corporations to mitigate risk and increase workplace compliance.

Florida’s 7,597 cases were second in the country only to Texas, where its 9,068 charges made up 9.7 percent of the national total, according to the employment commission. In Florida, the majority of last year’s cases — 3,095 — dealt with charges of employer retaliation.

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