EEOC Releases Fiscal Year 2014 Data – Retaliation Claims Reach Highest Level Ever

by Anne Zachritz

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has just released its enforcement and litigation data for 2014. Retaliation claims have been increasing in the past several years and surpassed race claims in fiscal year 2010. Not surprisingly, retaliation claims under all statutesagain topped the list of charges filed in fiscal year 2014 (37,955 - 42.8% of all charges filed),followed bycharges based on race (31,073 - 35%),sex (26,027 - 29.3%), disability (25,369 - 28.6%), age (20,588 0 23.2%), national origin (9,579 – 10.8%), religion (3,549 – 4.0%), color (2,756 – 3.1%), Equal Pay Act claims (938 – 1.1%) and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act claims (333 – 0.4%). These percentages total greater than 100% as many charges allege multiple bases of type of discrimination.

Through its enforcement program, the EEOC obtained $296.1 million in monetary relief in resolution of claims prior to the filing of litigation. The EEOC filed 133 lawsuits in fiscal year 2014, obtaining $22.5 million in monetary relief through litigation.

Employers should carefully review their employee handbooks, policies and training, particularly with respect to retaliation, to avoid a potential lawsuit. To discuss employee handbooks and employment policies, contact Anne Zachritz at (405) 272-9241 or aezachritz@andrewsdavis.com.

 


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