On February 11, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Office (“EEOC”) released its data for charges and claims litigated in 2015. Below are the highlights.
- A total of 89,385 workplace discrimination charges were received.
- More retaliation charges were received than any other type of claim enforced by the EEOC.
- Retaliation charges constituted almost 45 percent of the total number of charges filed against private employers.
- Retaliation claims were up by 5 percent over 2014 statistics.
- The second largest number of filings was for race discrimination.
- The third largest number of filings was for disability discrimination, fourth was for sex, fifth was for age and sixth was for national origin.
- Only 3.9 percent of charges were for religious discrimination, and 1.1 percent were equal pay charges.
- The least often filed charge was for violations of the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (0.3 percent of the total charges).
- There were 28,000 harassment charges (31 percent).
- The EEOC filed 142 lawsuits (nine more than in 2014).
- The agency brought in more than $525 million through settlement and litigation.
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