EEOC Releases Fiscal Year 2018 Enforcement and Litigation Data

Recently the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released detailed breakdowns for charges of workplace discrimination in 2018.

The EEOC resolved 90,558 charges of discrimination; and overall, secured $505 million for victims in private sector, state and local government, and federal workplaces.

The 2018 data shows that retaliation continued to be the #1 most frequently filed charge, followed by sex, disability and race. The agency also received 7,609 sexual harassment charges – a 13.6 percent increase from FY 2017 – and obtained $56.6 million in monetary benefits for victims of sexual harassment. The charge numbers presented were:

  • 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)

It is important to protect your workforce by following the steps below to avoid retaliation:

  1. Monitor your workplace. For instance if a complaint is received against an employee by a manager, make sure the manger is not retaliating against the employee.
  2. Make sure you have a retaliation policy, communicate the policy to employees, and enforce the policy, no matter who it is.
  3. Act on complaints and investigate appropriately.
  4. Train your managers on the importance of not retaliating.
  5. Watch yourself and document your actions.

 For more information, please visit the eeoc website at: www.eeoc.com.

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