Published Date: 02/24/2014
By John Gupton
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released fiscal year (FY) 2013 (Oct. 1 to Sept. 30) data tables showing that the agency obtained the highest monetary recovery in its history through its administrative process, increasing by $6.7 million to $372.1 million.
The data tables also provide detailed breakdowns for the 93,727 charges of workplace discrimination the EEOC received in FY 2013. The 93,727 charges received in FY 2013 are a 5.7 percent decrease from the 99,412 charges received in FY 2012.
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 percent) from the previous year. This was followed by race discrimination (33,068/35.3 percent); sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination (27,687/29.5 percent); and discrimination based on disability (25,957/27.7 percent). Both race and disability discrimination increased in percentage of all charges while decreasing in raw numbers from the previous year, while charges of sex discrimination decreased by more than 2,600 charges.
In addition, in FY 2013, the EEOC filed 131 merits lawsuits alleging discrimination. Lawsuits filed under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 were the most numerous (78), followed by lawsuits filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act (51). During the fiscal year, the EEOC resolved 209 merits lawsuits, resulting in $39 million in monetary benefits employers had to pay to complaining individuals, plus wide-ranging injunctive relief, tailored to the particular issue in the lawsuits.
The FY 2013 enforcement and litigation statistics, which include trend data, are available on the EEOC’s website at http://j.mp/ee-en.