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EEOC Releases FY 2019 Enforcement and Litigation Data


Total EEOC charge receipts drop but sexual harassment recoveries increase

During Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, EEOC took in 72,675 charges of workplace discrimination. The posted enforcement and litigation statistics include a historical overview of charge receipts since FY 2009, and a detailed breakdown of charges by statute and by state.

The FY 2019 data revealed that the most frequently filed charge is retaliation, followed by disability, race, and sex. Additionally, EEOC took in 12,739 charges alleging sex-based harassment including 7,514 charges claiming sexual harassment. This was an increase from the 7,609 sexual harassment charges received in FY 2018. The number of males filing sexual harassment charges also increased from 15.9% to 16.8%. The amount of money recovered from sexual harassment claims was $68.2 million, up from $56.6 million from the prior fiscal year.

The following breakdowns are charges filed by bases alleged, in descending order:

• Retaliation: 39,110 (53.8 percent of all charges filed)

• Disability: 24,238 (33.4 percent)

• Race: 23,976 (33.0 percent)

• Sex: 23,532 (32.4 percent)

• Age: 15,573 (21.4 percent)

• National Origin: 7,009 (9.6 percent)

• Color: 3,415 (4.7 percent)

• Religion: 2,725 (3.7 percent)

• Equal Pay Act: 1,117 (1.5 percent)

• Genetic Information: 209 (0.3 percent)

These percentages add up to more than 100 percent, because some charges allege multiple bases.

The litigation statistics are posted from FY 1997 through FY 2019. The following chart displays the resolutions for FY 2019.

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