Record Number of Equal Employment Opportunity Charges Filed in U.S. Last Year

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released its Fiscal Year 2010 statistics concerning individual charges filed with the agency. The overall number of charges was 99,922, an increase of more than 6% compared to FY 2009. According to the EEOC's Fiscal Year 2010 Performance and Accountability Report's performance results, the agency, through its private sector administrative enforcement activities, secured more than $319.3 million in monetary relief for claimants, which exceeds the amount recovered in FY 2009 by $25.2 million.

The number of charges increased in each individual category (race, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, retaliation, Equal Pay Act). Retaliation and race discrimination were the most prevalent charges, accounting for 36.3 and 35.9% of charges filed, respectively.

Other highlights from FY 2010 include:

  • Two hundred and one charges were filed relating to the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), which took effect in November 2009.
  • Of the 30,989 charges alleging harassment, only 11,717 alleged sexual harassment, with the remainder alleging some other form of harassment, such as race harassment, national origin harassment, or religious harassment.
  • The EEOC resolved 285 lawsuits for a total monetary recovery of $85 million and filed 250 new lawsuits.

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