Report says number of federal employees with targeted disabilities holding steady

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has recently released its annual report on the federal work force for fiscal year 2009. The report assesses the state of equal employment opportunity throughout the federal work force.

The reported cited the fact that for the first time since 1995, the percentage of people with targeted disabilities in federal jobs held steady. However, the report also states that those with targeted disabilities are below one percent of the total work force.

Targeted disabilities are those such as blindness, deafness, mental retardation, mental illness and partial or complete paralysis.

According to EEOC Chair Jacqueline Berrien, the federal government should lead the way in creating a diverse and just workplace. “Government employers need to continue to recruit and promote employees who represent the tapestry of America,” she said. We look forward to assisting the federal government to become and exemplary employer.”

There were a total of 16,947 complains filed in 2009 alleging employment discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age and disability in 2009.

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