According to a recent article in Lawyers USA, discrimination charges filed with the EEOC increased 9% during the past year. The commission reviewed more than 4,000 retaliation charges seen by the EEOC in 2007, an increase of 18%. Race is the most popular complaint filed, with retaliation being the second. Race, age, disability, and pregnancy charges all increased significantly. Although experts can’t explain these increases, there have been numerous reductions-in-force, together with heightened employee awareness about discrimination. Finally, the EEOC announced that it recovered approximately $345 million in monetary relief, up 26% from the previous year. Don’t wait until you get sued to investigate EEOC problems. To get an investigation right, please see the Form of the Month.