In November, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released its 2018 Performance Accountability Report which made public a large amount of data regarding the type of claims of discrimination that workers have brought against their employers in the 2018 fiscal year.
Some key 2018 performance highlights include:
Beyond its impressive year on the litigation and enforcement front, the EEOC expanded its online inquiry and scheduling system to all EEOC offices. This expansion enables the public to perform self-screening, submit a pre-charge inquiry, and schedule an appointment for an intake interview. Notably, the expansion led to a 30% increase in worker inquiries, and approximately 40,000 intake interviews in 2018.
The EEOC’s activity demonstrates the scale and pervasiveness of discrimination in the workplace, and the actions that the Federal Government has taken to respond to the countless claims of workplace harassment that have come to light through the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. Employees who have reported misconduct at work, or are considering doing so, should be aware that federal, New York State, and New York City law all extend protections against retaliation to employees who complain to their employers regarding, among other things, discrimination, sexual harassment, and wage violations. Accordingly, employees who are demoted, fired, subjected to unwarranted discipline, or otherwise retaliated against for complaining about such workplace issues may have additional legal claims against their employers.
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