logo
logo
logo
MENU
Patrick T. Collins
Member
Patrick T. Collins
Visit Profile

EEOC Announces Fiscal Year 2018 Data on Charges and Litigation

workplace discrimination

On April 10, 2019, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its enforcement and litigation data for fiscal year 2018. This EEOC press release highlights some of the statistics. The EEOC noted that, in 2018, it resolved over 90,000 charges of discrimination and recovered over $500 million on behalf of those who experienced workplace discrimination. In addition, Acting Chair Lipnic commented that: “We cannot look back on the last year without noting the significant impact of the #MeToo movement in the number of sexual harassment and retaliation charges filed” with the EEOC.  In fact, in FY2018, retaliation charges remained the most common type of charge filed with the EEOC (39,469) representing just over half of all charges filed. Relatedly, sexual harassment charges increased by 13.6% from last fiscal year, with 7,609 charges filed on this basis. The EEOC’s summary indicates that charges of discrimination based on the Equal Pay Act (1,066) and Genetic Information (220) were the least common types of charges filed in FY2018.

In addition to the data regarding the charges filed with the EEOC, a full summary of the litigation statistics also is available on the EEOC website.  In FY2018, the EEOC filed 217 suits, which is up just slightly from FY2017 (201 suits), but up significantly from FY2016 (114 suits).  Of the suits filed by the EEOC in FY2018, the greatest number included claims under Title VII (111 suits) which contrasts sharply with suits that included Equal Pay Act claims (5) and GINA claims (0).

The FY2018 charge data and litigation statistics reflect continuing significant issues involving  discrimination in our workplaces, leaving employers to contend with exposure to significant hard and soft costs in addressing these allegations, which we discussed here. For employers, training employees and managers is critical to preventing discrimination and harassment. In addition, adopting, implementing, and enforcing appropriate anti-harassment and related policies and procedures can be essential to avoiding improper workplace conduct. The NM Labor & Employment Group can assist employers with the tools needed to prevent harassment in your workplace.

If you have any questions about this post or any other related labor and employment matters, please feel free to contact me at ptcollins@norris-law.com.
Share
Related Posts
2019: A Very Busy Year For New Jersey Employers
New EEOC Digest Released on Equal Employment Opportunity Law
New Jersey Adopts First State-Wide Commuter Benefit Law
Patrick T. Collins
Member
Patrick T. Collins
Visit Profile
Related Posts
2019: A Very Busy Year For New Jersey Employers
New EEOC Digest Released on Equal Employment Opportunity Law
New Jersey Adopts First State-Wide Commuter Benefit Law
Share
Join our growing team
We are looking for quality attorneys to help us do more for our clients. At Norris McLaughlin, each attorney has the same opportunity to succeed whether you’re at the beginning of a career or pinnacle of the profession.
Subscribe to our content
Receive timely legal information
delivered to your inbox
Subscribe to our content
Receive timely legal information
delivered to your inbox
© 2021, Norris McLaughlin, P.A., All Rights Reserved. Attorney Advertising.
Meritas

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue to use this site we will assume you consent to our cookie policy. Learn more