On February 26, 2021, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released its enforcement and litigation statistics for Fiscal Year 2020.
The following is a detail breakdown of all charges filed with the agency:
- Retaliation: 37,632 (55.8% of all charges filed)
- Disability: 24,324 (36.1% of all charges filed)
- Race: 22,064 (32.7% of all charges filed)
- Sex: 21,398 (31.7% of all charges filed)
- Age: 14,183 (21.0% of all charges filed)
- National Origin: 6,377 (9.5% of all charges filed)
- Color: 3,562 (5.3% of all charges filed)
- Religion: 2,404 (3.6% of all charges filed)
- Equal Pay Act: 980 (1.5% of all charges filed)
- Genetic Information: 440 (0.7% of all charges filed)
Based on these numbers, the EEOC identified retaliation as the most frequently cited claim within the total charges filed. As a result of the number of claims filed, the EEOC filed 93 discrimination lawsuits, resolved 70,804 charges, and resolved 165 merit lawsuits. Merit resolutions refer to charges that are resolved in the agency’s administrative process (pre-litigation) in favor of the individual who filed the charge. In total, the EEOC transferred $439.2 million for those who filed claims in the private sector and state and local government workplaces through voluntary resolutions and litigation. In addition, the EEOC recovered $106 million for charging parties.
COUNSEL TO MANAGEMENT:
This serves as a reminder that the EEOC is actively investigating and litigating all claims filed with the agency. As the EEOC was able to achieve a success rate in 95.8% of all district court resolutions, employers should make sure they are properly complying with the current laws and regulations. If you have any questions regarding compliance or EEOC claims, contact the experts at The Saqui Law Group, P.C.