EEOC Releases Top 10 Charges for 2018, Litigation Data

On April 10, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released Fiscal Year 2019 Enforcement and Litigation Date. Below are the top 10 charges for 2018.

  1. Retaliation: 39,469 (51.6 percent of all charges filed)
  2. Sex: 24,655 (32.3 percent)
  3. Disability: 24,605 (32.2 percent)
  4. Race: 24,600 (32.2 percent)
  5. Age: 16,911 (22.1 percent)
  6. National Origin: 7,106 (9.3 percent)
  7. Color: 3,166 (4.1 percent)
  8. Religion: 2,859 (3.7 percent)
  9. Equal Pay Act: 1,066 (1.4 percent)
  10. Genetic Information: 220 (.3 percent)
*These percentages add up to more than 100 because some charges allege multiple bases.

In the end, the EEOC filed 199 merits lawsuits alleging discrimination in fiscal year 2018. The lawsuits filed by the EEOC included 117 individual suits, 45 suits involving multiple victims or discriminatory policies, and 37 systemic discrimination cases. The EEOC achieved a successful outcome in 95.7 percent of all district court resolutions.

Thus far in 2019, the EEOC has filed 44 lawsuits, with 17 of those lawsuits being filed in the month following the confirmation of EEOC Chair Janet Dhillon (May 8- June 8).


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