The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released its statistics for the 2012 fiscal year. According to the reports, workers in the private sector filed 99,412 workplace discrimination claims with the EEOC from October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012. The EEOC obtained $365 million in damages for victims.
“These remarkable achievements are a credit to the commitment of the EEOC’s staff and the product of strategic and efficient investment of critical budget resources in recent years,” said EEOC Chair Jacqueline A Berrien.
The amount of claims filed and the money recovered is down slightly from 2011.The most common complaints filed were for employer retaliation (37,836), racial discrimination (33,512) and sexual complaints, which include harassment, discrimination and pregnancy discrimination (30,356). The $365 million recovered by the EEOC is the largest amount ever in a single year.
The EEOC is a great resource for workers in all industries in the United States. It is important that workers know they can file a complaint with the EEOC and be free of retaliation from their employer.
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