The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission



Highlights Include Record Monetary Relief, Expanded Mediation and Outreach

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today released its fiscal year 2004 enforcement statistics showing that the agency recovered a record $420 million in relief last year for thousands of people filing charges of employment discrimination, while also expanding its mediation program and efforts to proactively prevent discrimination through outreach, education, and technical assistance.

"Thanks to the dedicated efforts of our hardworking employees, we continue to make progress in fulfilling our mission of eradicating employment discrimination," said EEOC Chair Cari M. Dominguez. "Nevertheless, as our latest enforcement data show, much work remains to attain the promise of equal employment opportunity for all."

Data on charge filings with EEOC and agency litigation for FY 2004 and prior years including resolutions by type and monetary benefits are available on the agency's web site at Highlights of the last fiscal year, covering October 2003 through September 2004, include:

The Commission's work and accomplishments, as highlighted above, follow the Chair's Five-Point Plan, aimed at enhancing the agency's operational efficiency and effectiveness while improving customer service. The elements of the Five-Point Plan are: 1) Proactive Prevention; 2) Proficient Resolution; 3) Expanded Mediation; 4) Strategic Enforcement and Litigation; and 5) EEOC as a Model Workplace.

EEOC is the federal government agency that enforces that nation's laws prohibiting discrimination in employment based on race, color, sex (including sexual harassment and pregnancy), religion, national origin, age, disability, retaliation, and equal pay. Further information about the Commission, including charge data from prior years, is available on the agency's web site at

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