EEOC Releases Fiscal Year 2017 Enforcement And Litigation Data Featured

  26 January 2018

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that 84,254 workplace discrimination charges were filed with the federal agency nationwide during fiscal year (FY) 2017.

The agency secured $398 million for victims in the private sector and state and local government workplaces through voluntary resolutions and litigation. The comprehensive enforcement and litigation statistics for FY 2017, which ended September 30, 2017, are posted on the agency's website.

The EEOC resolved 99,109 charges in FY 2017 and reduced the charge workload by 16.2 percent to 61,621, the lowest level of inventory in 10 years. The agency achieved this by deploying new strategies to more efficiently prioritize charges with merit, more quickly resolve investigations, and improve the agency's digital systems. The agency handled over 540,000 calls to its toll-free number and more than 155,000 inquiries in field offices, reflecting the significant public demand for the EEOC's services.

The FY 2017 data show that retaliation was the most frequently filed charge filed with the agency, followed by race and disability. The agency also received 6,696 sexual harassment charges and obtained $46.3 million in monetary benefits for victims of sexual harassment. Specifically, the charge numbers show the following breakdowns by bases alleged, in descending order:

·       Retaliation: 41,097 (48.8 percent of all charges filed)

·       Race: 28,528 (33.9 percent)

·       Disability: 26,838 (31.9 percent)

·       Sex: 25,605 (30.4 percent)

·       Age: 18,376 (21.8 percent)

·       National Origin: 8,299 (9.8 percent)

·       Religion: 3,436 (4.1 percent)

·       Color: 3,240 (3.8 percent)

·       Equal Pay Act: 996 (1.2 percent)

·       Genetic Information: 206 (.2 percent)

These percentages add up to more than 100 because some charges allege multiple bases.

EEOC legal staff filed 184 merits lawsuits alleging discrimination in fiscal year 2017. The lawsuits filed by the EEOC included 124 individual suits and 30 suits involving multiple victims or discriminatory policies and 30 systemic discrimination cases. At the end of the fiscal year, the EEOC had 242 cases on its active docket. The EEOC achieved a successful outcome in 90.8 percent of all suit resolutions. Read more here.

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