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Drop in Discrimination Charges Filed with EEOC

Posted by Eric Kingsley | Apr 03, 2014 | 0 Comments

Discrimination Claims Down Nearly Six Percent

According to data released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), discrimination claims fell by nearly 6% in Fiscal Year 2013. The drop in discrimination charges is based on a comparison to the previous fiscal year (Oct. 1 to Sept. 30). The data was reported as a supplement to the EEOC's most recent Performance and Accountability Report.

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The EEOC received a total of 93,727 private sector charges of discrimination in FY 2013, a 6,000 charge decrease from the prior three fiscal years; however, it is still one of the top five fiscal years in terms of number of charges received by the agency.

The EEOC obtained a record $372.1 million in monetary relief for victims of private sector workplace discrimination in FY 2013. This is $6.7 million more than was recovered last year, and the highest level obtained in the Commission's history. Overall, the agency secured both monetary and non-monetary benefits in FY 2013 for more than 70,522 people through administrative enforcement activities including mediation, settlements and conciliation.

As in previous years, retaliation under all statutes was the most frequently cited basis for charges of discrimination, increasing in both actual numbers (38,539) and as a percentage of all charges (41.1%) from the previous year. This was followed by race discrimination (33,068/35.3%); sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination (27,687/29.5%); and discrimination based on disability (25,957/27.7%).

In addition to private sector charges received, the full report includes federal lawsuits filed, monetary awards recovered, and detailed charge breakdowns by claim type and state.

A breakdown of the types of charges found in the full report include:

  • Race discrimination (35%);
  • Discrimination based on sex (29.5%);
  • Age discrimination (22.8%);
  • Disability-based claims (27.7%);
  • National-origin discrimination (11.4%);
  • Religious discrimination (4%);
  • Discrimination based on color (3.4%);
  • Pay discrimination (1.1%); and
  • Discrimination based on genetic information (.4%)

The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. The EEOC's FY 2013 PAR is posted on the agency's web site at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/plan/index.cfm. The fiscal year 2013 enforcement and litigation statistics, which include trend data, are available on the EEOC's website at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/statistics/enforcement/index.cfm.

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In practice since 1996, attorney and firm co-founder Eric B. Kingsley has litigated complex cases and authored numerous appellate briefs in both state and federal court on behalf of the California law firm of Kingsley & Kingsley, including over 150 class actions. Mr. Kingsley concentrates his pra...

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