Top 10 Charges Filed With the EEOC in 2017

On January 25, 2018, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its Fiscal Year 2017 Enforcement and Litigation Data which showed that Retaliation was the most frequent charge filed with the agency, followed by Race and Disability.  Specifically, the charge numbers show the following breakdowns:

  1. Retaliation: 41,097 (48.8 percent of all charges filed)
  2. Race: 28,528 (33.9 percent)
  3. Disability: 26,838 (31.9 percent)
  4. Sex: 25,605 (30.4 percent)
  5. Age: 18,376 (21.8 percent)
  6. National Origin: 8,299 (9.8 percent)
  7. Religion: 3,436 (4.1 percent)
  8. Color: 3,240 (3.8 percent)
  9. Equal Pay Act: 996 (1.2 percent)
  10. Genetic Information: 206 (.2 percent)

(These percentages add up to more than 100 because some charges allege multiple bases.)

The agency also reported receiving 6,696 sexual harassment charges and obtained $46.3 million in monetary benefits for victims of sexual harassment. To learn more about employer liability and handling of retaliation and sexual harassment claims, register for our annual workers’ compensation seminar here, where we will cover retaliation, or watch our sexual harassment webinar here.


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