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FY 2018 Enforcement and Litigation Data Released by EEOC


Most of the charges filed were based on retaliation, followed by sex, disability and race

EEOC posted its statistics on charges of discrimination and litigation statistics for FY 2018 (ending September 30, 3018). As shown below, retaliation continues to be the most frequently charge filed, followed by sex, disability, and race. As a subset of the sex basis, the agency received 7,600 sexual harassment charges which was a 13.6% increase by the prior fiscal year and obtained $56.6 million in monetary benefits for victims of sexual harassment.

Total charges filed: 76,418 *

• Retaliation: 39,469 (51.6 percent of all charges filed)

• Sex: 24,655 (32.3 percent)

• Disability: 24,605 (32.2 percent)

• Race: 24,600 (32.2 percent)

• Age: 16,911 (22.1 percent)

• National Origin: 7,106 (9.3 percent)

• Color: 3,166 (4.1 percent)

• Religion: 2,859 (3.7 percent)

• Equal Pay Act: 1,066 (1.4 percent)

• Genetic Information: 220 (.3 percent)

Total charges resolved: 90,558

Financial remedies secured: $505 million from victims in the private sector, state and local government and federal space. EEOC also filed 199 merits lawsuits which included 117 individual suits and 45 multiple victim cases and 37 systemic discrimination cases with successful outcomes in 95.7% of all district court resolutions. At the end of the FY, EEOC had 302 cases sitting on its active docket.

By deploying new strategies to efficiently prioritize charges with merit and quickly resolve investigations, EEOC reduced the charge workload by 19.5% or 49,607. Over 519,000 calls to its toll-free number were handled by EEOC and there were more than 200,000 inquiries in field office.

According to Acting Chair Victoria A. Lipnic, “the EEOC had a remarkable year working on behalf of those who came to the agency having experienced discrimination in their workplaces.” “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 statistics reflect the agency’s successes in taking advantage of new strategies to bring about the lowest inventory of private sector charges in a dozen years. Further, we cannot look back on last year without noting the significant impact of the #MeToo movement in the number of sexual harassment and retaliation charges filed with the agency. Last year was an incredibly important and productive year for the agency and my thanks go out to all of the staff who rose to the occasion.”

  • The percentages add up to more than 100 because some charges allege multiple bases

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