Jan 25, 201210:02 AMBlog

Private sector bias charges hit all-time high

Jan 25, 2012 - 10:02 AM
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received a record 99,947 charges of employment discrimination and obtained $455.6 million in relief through its administrative program and litigation during Fiscal Year 2011.

For the second year in a row, despite a record number of receipts, the commission resolved more charges than it took in with 112,499 resolutions (7,500 more resolutions than FY 2010 - an increase of 7 percent) - leaving 78,136 pending charges, a 10 percent decrease in its inventory, the first year the agency has seen a reduction since 2002. The commission's mediation program also reached record levels, both in the number of resolutions - 9,831 - which is 5 percent more than in FY 2010 (9,362), and benefits - $170,053,021 - $29 million more than FY 2010.

EEOC filed 300 lawsuits and its litigation efforts resulted in $91 million of relief, representing the third year in a row that the relief obtained was greater than in the preceding year.
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