Overall, the EEOC received more than 93,000 discrimination claims in 2009.
Through enforcement and mediation, complainants received more than $376 million. The largest percentage of bias cases (36 percent) alleged race discrimination and retaliation (36 percent). Sex-based charges were included in 30 percent of the filings.
The EEOC said the near-historic level of complaints overall may be due to a number of factors, including economic conditions, increased diversity and demographic shifts in the work force.