Retaliation Continues to Be Most Frequent Discrimination Claim

February 19, 2020
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Inside HR
HR Compliance
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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released detailed breakdowns for the 72,675 charges of workplace discrimination the agency received in fiscal year 2019. The comprehensive enforcement and litigation statistics for FY 2019, which ended September 30, 2019, are posted on the agency's website, which also includes detailed breakdown of charges by state.

The FY 2019 data show that retaliation continued to be the most frequently filed charge filed with the agency, followed by disability, race, and sex. The agency also received 7,514 sexual harassment charges—10.3 percent of all charges, and a 1.2 percent decrease from FY 2018. Specifically, the charge numbers show the following breakdowns by bases alleged, in descending order:

  • Retaliation: 39,110 (53.8 percent of all charges filed)
  • Disability: 24,238 (33.4 percent)
  • Race: 23,976 (33.0 percent)
  • Sex: 23,532 (32.4 percent)
  • Age: 15,573 (21.4 percent)
  • National Origin: 7,009 (9.6 percent)
  • Color: 3,415 (4.7 percent)
  • Religion: 2,725 (3.7 percent)
  • Equal Pay Act: 1,117 (1.5 percent)
  • Genetic Information: 209 (0.3 percent)

These percentages add up to more than 100% because some charges allege multiple bases.

The EEOC Chair Janet Dhillon recently released her 2020 priorities, which are focused on being responsive to employees who raise claims of discrimination in the workplace, and providing further outreach to employers with the goal of educating to prevent discrimination in the workplace.

Source: EEOC.gov; Lynell Meeth, Director, HR and Content Strategy, MRA – The Management Association