Last week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a breakdown of the 89,385 charges of workplace discrimination that the agency received in fiscal year 2015 (October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015). As reported in a previous Hot Topics article, retaliation charges are up and continue to be an area of focus for the agency.
The breakdown is as follows:
- Retaliation: 39,757 (44.5 percent of all charges filed)
- Race: 31,027 (34.7 percent)
- Disability: 26,968 (30.2 percent)
- Sex: 26,396 (29.5 percent)
- Age: 20,144 (22.5 percent)
- National Origin: 9,438 (10.6 percent)
- Religion: 3,502 (3.9 percent)
- Color: 2,833 (3.2 percent)
- Equal Pay Act: 973 (1.1 percent)
- Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA): 257 (0.3 percent)
The percentages add up to more than 100 and the individual allegations, when tallied, exceed the 89,385 charges reported because many charges allege multiple types of discrimination.
EEOC filed 142 lawsuits last year, nine more than in fiscal year 2014. Alleged Title VII violations accounted for most of the lawsuits, followed by suits under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
If you need assistance with responding to a charge of discrimination, or just need advice on best practices to avoid any interaction with the EEOC, contact your MSEC representative.