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EEOC Bracketology – Test Your Knowledge

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In the spirit of the college basketball championship, you can test your knowledge of the EEOC charge filing statistics by completing the bracket and selecting the most filed charge of workplace discrimination.

How to Find Results

The comprehensive enforcement and litigation statistics for FY 2022, which ended Sept. 30, 2021, are posted on the agency’s website, which can be found here.  This is the most recent EEOC statistical report that breaks down the data by the nature of the Charge.

FY 2023 EEOC Annual Performance Report

On March 11, 2024, the EEOC released its report on the agency’s performance during FY 2023, covering Oct. 1, 2022, through Sept. 30, 2023.

Of note, the EEOC received 81,055 new discrimination charges, 233,704 inquiries in field offices, more than 522,000 calls from the public through the agency contact center, and over 86,000 emails, representing respective increases of 10.3%, 6.9%, 10%, and 25% over FY 2022.

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The EEOC’s report also highlighted the following EEOC litigation activity:

  • Filing 143 new lawsuits, an increase of more than 50% compared to FY 2022, including 86 suits on behalf of individuals, 32 non-systemic suits with multiple victims, and 25 systemic suits involving multiple victims or discriminatory policies.
  • Obtaining more than $22.6 million for 968 individuals in litigation, while resolving 98 lawsuits and achieving favorable results in 91% of all federal district court resolutions.

Employer Takeaways

The rise in filed EEOC charges and lawsuits pursued by the EEOC suggest that employees and the EEOC may continue to more aggressively pursue discrimination claims against employers.  Now is a good time for employers to review, revise and implement sound personnel policies, and conduct management training on the company’s anti-discrimination, harassment and retaliation policies.

Sports Fans Guide 2 HR, | Mar 21, 2024
Kenneth N. Winkler
Kenneth N. Winkler

Kenneth Winklera shareholder at Berman Fink Van Horn, helps employers navigate the employment laws and regulations that govern the workplace.