Being number 1 isn't always a good thing, especially in this category.  The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says it got more complaints of workplace discrimination from workers in Texas than from any other state last year.

The EEOC says one out of every 10 job discrimination complaints filed nationwide last year came  from Texas.


The EEOC says the most common complaints in Texas were what are called "retaliatory charges."  Those complaints generally accuse an employer of firing, demoting, or otherwise retaliating against an employee because he or she protested or fought against discrimination in some way, such as going to the EEOC.

The second and third most common complaints were claims of race and gender bias, respectively, followed by national origin bias claims and religious discrimination claims.

EEOC officials say this is happening in part because Texas has a large number of workers regarded as "vulnerable," such as legal and illegal immigrants, those who don't speak English, and those in minimum-wage jobs.  They also say workers are forced to turn to the EEOC because  the Texas state agency responsible for protecting workers' employment rights is very weak and provides very little protection.

See the full story and the national state rankings on the EEOC website:

via EEOC Charge Receipts by State (includes U.S. Territories) and Basis for FY 2011.