The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforcement and litigation statistics for fiscal year (FY) 2012 show the agency received 99,412 private sector workplace discrimination charges from October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012.
During FY 2012, the EEOC – the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – also obtained $365 million for victims of workplace discrimination and reduced charge inventory by 10 percent for second consecutive year.
“These remarkable achievements are a credit to the commitment of the EEOC’s staff and the product of strategic and efficient investment of critical budget resources in recent years,” EEOC Chair Jacqueline A. Berrien stated in a press release.
The year-end data – which was down slightly from the previous year – revealed the most frequently filed charges were for retaliation (37,836), race (33,512), and sex discrimination (30,356), which includes allegations of sexual harassment and pregnancy.
The $365.4 million the EEOC obtained for victims of workplace discrimination during FY 2012 was the largest amount of monetary recovery from private sector and state and local government employers through its administrative process.
The EEOC filed 122 lawsuits in FY 2012, including 86 individual suits, 26 multiple-victim suits (with fewer than 20 victims) and 10 systemic suits. In all, the agency’s legal staff resolved 254 lawsuits for a total monetary recovery of $44.2 million.
The EEOC also completed 240 investigations in FY 2012 to eliminate systemic patterns of discrimination in the workplace which in part resulted in 46 settlements or conciliation agreements that secured 36.2 million dollars for the victims of unlawful discrimination.
In addition, the EEOC reduced the pending inventory of private sector charges by 10 percent from fiscal year 2011, bringing the inventory level to 70,312. This inventory reduction was the second consecutive decrease of almost ten percent in charge inventory.
Overall, the EEOC secured monetary and non-monetary benefits for more than 23,446 people through administrative enforcement. The FY 2012 enforcement and litigation statistics are available at www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/statistics/enforcement/index.cfm.