(Asheville Citizen-Times) Charges filed with the EEOC and Fair Employment Practices Agencies alleging pregnancy discrimination in the workplace increased by nearly 47 percent from 1997 through 2011, the last year in which states and the federal government reported numbers together.  The issue is a particularly important one in North Carolina. The state is one of four with no laws of its own protecting pregnant or breastfeeding employees. In 2013, 66 percent of all charges of discrimination received by the EEOC were dismissed or closed for no reasonable cause or merit. Eighteen percent were resolved with a merit resolution, providing complainants with some $372 million in monetary benefits. The remaining 16 percent were administrative closures, meaning charges were thrown out because the EEOC had no jurisdiction, the charge was untimely or the individual who filed the charge couldn’t be located.

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