Published Date: 01/20/2014
By John Gupton
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) obtained a record $372.1 million in damages from employers for discrimination claims in FY 2013. This is $6.7 million more than was recovered last year, and the highest level obtained in the EEOC’s history.
The EEOC received a total of 93,727 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 receipts. In addition, a total of 97,252 charges were resolved, nearly 14,000 fewer than in FY 2012. At the end of the fiscal year, the pending EEOC inventory stood at 70,781. The average time for the enforcement staff to investigate and bring charges to resolution was 267 days.
The EEOC filed 131 lawsuits during FY 2013. At the end of the fiscal year, the EEOC had 231 cases on its active docket.
In FY 2013, the EEOC’s national mediation program conducted 11,513 mediations and secured 8,890 mediated resolutions. Moreover, the EEOC obtained more than $160.9 million in monetary benefits for complainants through mediation resolutions, the second highest level in the EEOC’s mediation program’s history.
Further information about the EEOC and the federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination it enforces is available on its website, www.eeoc.gov.