Merit Resolutions and Monetary Benefits Up
WASHINGTON – Discrimination charges filed with U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against private sector employers declined last year by 5 percent, the agency reported today as part of its Fiscal Year 2005 data. EEOC officials cited the agency’s aggressive outreach and training efforts as a possible factor in the charge decrease.
Charges filed at EEOC field offices throughout the country totaled 75,428 for FY 2005, which ended Sept. 30, continuing a three-year decrease. Meanwhile, the agency last year held a record 5,516 outreach, education, and technical assistance events nationwide, reaching more than 350,000 people. These events covered laws enforced by the agency, as well as its major initiatives: Freedom to Compete, Youth@Work, and the President’s New Freedom Initiative.
“We are pleased to see that our proactive prevention efforts may be having an impact on the decrease in charges,” EEOC Chair Cari M. Dominguez said. She noted that other factors may also have played a part, including the economic cycle. Chair Dominguez stressed the Commission’s balanced approach of promoting voluntary compliance and strongly enforcing anti-discrimination laws.
The FY 2005 data also showed increases in merit resolutions, monetary benefits and lawsuits:
The FY 2005 data is available on the agency’s web site at www.eeoc.gov. The year-end statistics show that charges based on race, sex and retaliation were the most frequent filings. While the number of charge filings decreased, there was little change in the percentage of all bases of discrimination alleged when compared to the agency’s total caseload (individuals may allege multiple types of discrimination in one charge filing). The FY 2005 charge filings break down as follows:
Additionally, there were 12,679 sexual harassment charge filings and 4,449 pregnancy discrimination filings in FY 2005 with EEOC offices and state and local Fair Employment Practices Agencies (combined). Of the total number of sexual harassment charges, 14% were filed by men.
The EEOC is the federal government agency responsible for enforcing the nation's anti-discrimination laws in the workplace. Further information about the EEOC is available on its web site at www.eeoc.gov.