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EEOC: Job Bias Claims Decline in 2013

Job bias charges reported to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) dropped to 93,727 in fiscal year 2013, down 5.7 percent from 99,412 charges in 2012, and a 6.6 percent decrease from the record 99,947 charges reported in fiscal year 2011.

But the decline in the number of charges was offset by an increase in the amount of monetary relief obtained for victims.

Monetary relief obtained for victims increased by $6.7 million to $372.1 million – the highest monetary recovery from private sector employers in agency history through its administrative process, the EEOC said.

As in prior years, retaliation under all statutes was the most frequently cited basis for charges of discrimination, increasing in both actual numbers (38,539 up from 37,836) and as a percentage of all charges (41.1 percent up from 38.1 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).

The EEOC noted that 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 were down by over 2,600 charges.

The EEOC also received 333 charges under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of genetic information, including family medical history.

Despite the overall positive trend, employers should remain vigilant, legal experts say.

In a post  on  legal newsfeed Lexology, Hannesson Murphy, a partner at law firm Barnes & Thornburg, writes:

While employers should be encouraged by current trends, this is no time to let down their guard: EEOC charges remain well above the levels of the mid-1990’s or mid-2000’s, retaliation claims are on the rise, and the EEOC is as active as ever. In short: remain vigilant.†

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EEOC: Job Bias Claims Remain High

Job bias charges reported to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) remained close to a record high of nearly 100,000 in fiscal year 2012, even as the volume of cases fell.

The EEOC confirmed that it received a record 99,412 charges of private sector employment discrimination in fiscal year 2012, down slightly (-0.5 percent) from last year’s total.

Monetary relief obtained for victims totaled $365.4 million – the largest amount of monetary recovery from private sector and state and local government employers through its administrative process, the EEOC said.

The year-end data show that retaliation (37,836), race (33,512) and sex discrimination (30,356), which includes allegations of sexual harassment and pregnancy, were, respectively, the most frequently filed charges.

Retaliation charges under all statutes enforced by the EEOC again rose by 1.3 percent in FY 2012, after increasing by 3 percent in FY 2011.

The number of charges alleging sex discrimination (30,356) increased by 6 percent, while charges based on disability discrimination (26,379) were up 3 percent.

The EEOC also received 280 charges under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of genetic information, including family medical history.

In a press release, the EEOC said it achieved a significant reduction in its charge inventory for a second consecutive year, something not seen since 2002. The pending inventory of private sector charges was reduced by 10 percent from fiscal year 2011, bringing the inventory level to 70,312.

Business Insurance has more on this story.

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EEOC: Another Record Year for Job Bias Claims

As we first reported last November, job bias charges reported to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) hit an all-time high of nearly 100,000 in fiscal year 2011 for the second year in a row.

This week the EEOC confirmed that it received a record 99,947 charges of employment discrimination in fiscal year 2011, up slightly from last year’s total, and monetary relief obtained for victims totaled $455.6 million, an increase of more than $51 million on the previous year.

Now for the details of the most frequently filed discrimination charges in FY 2011:

– Once again, charges alleging retaliation under all statutes enforced by the EEOC were the most frequently filed charge (37,334 charges received, or 37.4 percent of all charges), closely followed by race discrimination charges (35,395 charges or 35.4 percent).

– While the numbers of charges alleging race and sex discrimination declined from the previous year, charges alleging disability discrimination (25,742) and age discrimination (23,465) increased.

– Another takeaway: the number of charges alleging discrimination based on national origin rose by 5 percent, while the number of charges alleging discrimination based on religion were up 10 percent.

– And for the first full fiscal year of enforcement, the EEOC received 245 charges under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of genetic information, including family medical history. So far, none of these charges has proceeded to litigation.

Ongoing difficult economic conditions are likely responsible for the rise in EEOC charges, according to reports.

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EEOC: Discrimination Charges Hit Record Highs

A record 99,947 charges of discrimination were reported to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in fiscal year 2011, which ended September 30.

In addition, more than $364.6 million in monetary benefits was obtained for victims of workplace discrimination – the highest amount in the Commission’s history and $45 million more than was recovered in fiscal year 2010.

Ongoing challenging economic conditions as well as changes in employment policies and practices and employees’ greater awareness of their rights under the law are likely factors in the record numbers.

Despite the record number of charges, the EEOC finished FY 2011 with a 10 percent decrease in its pending charge inventory – the first such reduction since 2002.

No news yet on the most frequently filed discrimination charge in FY 2011. In FY 2010, retaliation under all statutes surpassed race as the most frequently filed charge for the first time in the EEOC’s history. Comprehensive enforcement and litigation statistics will be available in early 2012.

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It covers discrimination (age, sex, race, disability, etc.), wrongful termination of employment, sexual harassment and other employment-related allegations and lawsuits.

Hat tip to Business Insurance for its article on the EEOC figures.

You can read the full EEOC report here.