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EEOC discrimination & retaliation lawsuits cost employers $372.1 million in 2013

The EEOC reported that it obtained the highest monetary recovery in its history in 2013, obtaining $372.1 million. This is a $6.7 million increase from 2012.

Last year, the EEOC reported that it received 93,727 workplace discrimination, harassment, and retaliation complaints, which represents a 5.7% decrease from the 99,412 complaints that were filed with the EEOC in 2012.

Retaliation was the most common complaint that was filed with the EEOC. 41.1% of all charges, or 38,539, were retaliation complaints. 33,068, or 35.3%, of the charges were complaints for race discrimination.

27,687, or 29.5%, of the complaints filed with the EEOC were for sex discrimination. This category includes both sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination charges.