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Sneak preview of EEOC FY 2018 data shows inquiries to agency up 30 percent

The EEOC has provided a sneak preview of its fiscal year 2018 data, underscoring that it has responded to a significant increase in calls, emails and online inquiries about potential discrimination claims and high demand for its new Respectful Workplaces Training Program. More than 554,000 calls and emails came into the EEOC, with over 200,000 inquiries about potential discrimination claims. The agency said that the launch of its Public Portal, a nationwide online inquiry and appointment system, has resulted in a 30-percent increase in inquiries and more than 40,000 intake interviews.

Monetary relief. In FY 2018, the EEOC secured $505 million for 67,860 victims of discrimination in private, state and local government, and federal workplaces, according to data highlights. Here is the breakdown:

  • $354 million was obtained through mediation, conciliation, and settlements;
  • $53.5 million came through litigation; and
  • $98.6 million was secured for federal employees and applicants in hearings and appeals.

Litigation. Agency legal staff also resolved 141 merit lawsuits, filed 199 more in FY 2018, and filed 29 amicus curiae briefs on significant legal issues in employment discrimination cases.

Reducing backlog. In FY 2018, the EEOC also made progress in reducing backlog, including the pending inventory of private-sector charges, which has been a longstanding issue, by:

  • Resolving 90,558 private- and public-sector charges, reducing its backlog by 19.5 percent to 49,607 charges—the lowest inventory in more than 10 years.
  • Increasing resolutions of federal sector hearing requests by 30.4 percent, totaling 8,662 resolutions, reducing the backlog by 8.5 percent, and securing $85 million for federal employees.
  • Reducing the federal sector appellate inventory by 19.4 percent to 2,942 at the end of 2018. The EEOC resolved 4,320 appeals of agency decisions, including 85 percent of appeals that were more than 500 days old, and secured $13.6 million in remedies.
  • Reducing the backlog of overdue Freedom of Information Act requests by 7.6 percent. Requests for closed charge files constitute 97 percent of FOIA receipts.

More to come. Additional details will be available when the EEOC’s FY 2018 Performance and Accountability Report is posted on the agency’s website November 15, 2018. Comprehensive enforcement and litigation statistics for FY 2018 will be available on the agency’s website in early 2019.

“Many people in thousands of workplaces around the country depend every day on the work of EEOC,” Acting Chair Victoria A. Lipnic said in a statement. “I am proud to say that the EEOC met the increased demand for our expertise, for information and training, and for strong enforcement to combat all forms of discrimination, including sexual harassment.”