The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a detailed breakdown of the 76,418 charges of workplace discrimination they received in the fiscal year (FY) 2018, which ended September 30, 2018. The EEOC posted the breakdown of charges by state on their website.
The EEOC’s numbers for FY 2018*:
- 90,558 charges of discrimination resolved
- $505 million secured for victims in the private sector, state and local government, and federal workplaces
- 19.5% reduction in the agency’s charge workload (achieved through deploying new strategies to more efficiently prioritize charges with merit, more quickly resolve investigations, and improve the agency’s digital systems)
- 519,000 calls to the agency’s toll-free number
- 34,600 emails
- 200,000+ inquiries in field offices
“The EEOC had a remarkable year working on behalf of those who came to the agency having experienced discrimination in their workplaces, ” said EEOC Acting Chair, Victoria A. Lipnic. Also adding, “Our fiscal year 2018 final statistics reflect significant recoveries for individuals through our administrative enforcement and our litigation program. The statistics also indicate the EEOC has been handling its workload in a more efficient manner, expanding tools to provide better timelier service to the public while sharpening our focus on meritorious charges and those that advance the public interest.”
The EEOC’s breakdown of charge numbers for FY 2018*:
- Retaliation: 39,469 (51.6% of all charges filed)
- Sex: 24,655 (32.3%)
- Disability: 24,605 (32.2%)
- Race: 24,600 (32.2%)
- Age: 16,911 (22.1%)
- Sexual Harassment: 7,609 (13.6% increase from FY 2017, and $56.6 million in monetary benefits for the victims)
- National Origin: 7,106 (9.3%)
- Color: 3,166 (4.1%)
- Religion: 2,859 (3.7%)
- Equal Pay Act: 1,066 (1.4%)
- Genetic Information: 220 (0.3%)
*These numbers and percentages add up to more than the charges filed and more than 100 percent because some charges allege multiple bases.
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