The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released its statistics for the 2012 fiscal year, announcing that it received 99,412 workplace discrimination complaints in the private sector. This is just 535 fewer than 2011, when the number of discrimination charges filed reached a record-breaking 99,947. The 2012 fiscal year ran from October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012.
Between 2000 and 2009, employment discrimination complaints handled by the EEOC averaged about 79,000 per year. In the 2010 fiscal year, the number of charges jumped to 99,922. This sudden increase was attributed to the suffering economy, as well as the EEOC’s outreach efforts, which encouraged employees to file claims if they believed they were discriminated against at work.
Workplace Retaliation Most Frequent Discrimination Charge Filed
The most frequent reason cited for filing a charge was workplace retaliation, accounting for 37,836 of the complaints (just over 38%). Retaliation in the workplace occurs when an employer adversely treats an employee for complaining about discrimination, harassment, or other violations of the employee’s rights in the workplace. An employee is also protected from retaliation in the workplace if the employee is participating in investigations into their employer’s alleged discrimination, harassment, or other unlawful actions.
Racial discrimination was the second most frequent charge (33,512 charges), followed by sex or gender discrimination (30,356 charges), which includes complaints of sexual harassment and workplace pregnancy discrimination. Disability discrimination and age discrimination were next, with 26,379 and 22,857 charges respectively. Numerous charges involved complaints for more than one type of workplace discrimination.
In the 2012 fiscal year, the EEOC achieved a record monetary recovery through its administrative process, collecting $365.4 million from private sector and state and local government employers. The EEOC also recovered $44.2 million through litigation, settling 254 lawsuits in 2012. Fiscal year 2012 saw a total of 122 suits filed, out of which 86 were individual suits, 26 were multiple victim suits, and 10 were systemic suits.
Philadelphia Employment Law Attorneys at Sidney L. Gold & Associates: Protecting Your Rights Against Workplace Discrimination & Harassment
The EEOC is working diligently to prevent workplace discrimination and eliminate systemic patterns of discrimination. In the 2012 fiscal year, the EEOC’s 240 systemic investigations resulted in 46 out-of-court settlements that yielded $36.2 million for victims of discrimination. Despite increased efforts, there are many qualified applicants and employees who still experience numerous types of discrimination and harassment in the workplace. If you have been a victim of workplace discrimination, you may have the right to compensation.
The Philadelphia employment law firm of Sidney L. Gold & Associates has long advocated for the fair treatment of workers, regardless of race, gender, age, religion, or disability. If you have experienced any type of workplace discrimination, retaliation or harassment, call us today to speak with a knowledgeable, experienced employment discrimination attorney. We will review the evidence in your case and advise you on how to proceed to get the compensation you deserve. The Pennsylvania workplace discrimination lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates have offices in Philadelphia and serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Call us today at 215-569-1999 or contact us online.