EEOC Finds Increase in Discrimination Claims in 2018

November 26, 2018

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:

  • 141 lawsuits were resolved by the agency in 2018. A total of 7,141 individuals received monetary relief as a direct result of litigation resolutions.
  • The EEOC filed 199 new lawsuits, including 117 suits on behalf of individuals, 45 non-systemic suits with multiple victims, and 37 systemic suits involving multiple victims or discriminatory policies.
  • Approximately $505 million was secured for victims of workplace discrimination.
  • The EEOC recovered nearly $70 million for the victims of sexual harassment through administrative enforcement and litigation.

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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About Innessa M. Huot

Innessa M. Huot is a Partner in Faruqi & Faruqi’s New York office and focuses her practice on employment law and wage and hour class action litigation.

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