Retaliation, Race Bias Top EEOC Complaints In 2012

6a00e54ef311e388340115711bdc91970c-200piFor the second consecutive year, the Commission Obtains $365 Million for Victims of Workplace Discrimination. A press release issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission noted that the agency received 99,412 private sector workplace discrimination charges during fiscal year 2012, down slightly from the previous year. The year-end data also show that retaliation (37,836), race (33,512) and sex discrimination (30,356), which includes allegations of sexual harassment and pregnancy were, respectively, the most frequently filed charges. The fiscal year runs Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.  The fiscal year 2012 enforcement and litigation statistics, which include trend data, are available on the EEOC’s website.

Under the leadership of Power 100 Honoree, Jacqueline A. Berrien, the agency also reduced its charge inventory by 10%. Due to a concerted effort, the EEOC reduced the pending inventory of private sector charges by 10 percent from fiscal year 2011, bringing the inventory level to 70,312.  This inventory reduction is the second consecutive decrease of almost ten percent in charge inventory.  Also this fiscal year, the agency obtained the largest amount of monetary recovery from private sector and state and local government employers through its administrative process – $365.4 million.

In fiscal year 2012, the EEOC filed 122 lawsuits including 86 individual suits, 26 multiple-victim suits (with fewer than 20 victims) and 10 systemic suits. The EEOC’s legal staff resolved 254 lawsuits for a total monetary recovery of $44.2 million.

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