According to this November
15, 2011 press release from the EEOC, the number of discrimination claims
The EEOC received a record 99,947 charges of
discrimination in fiscal year 2011, which ended Sept. 30, the highest number of
charges in the agency's 46-year history. EEOC staff also delivered historic
relief through administrative enforcement--more than $364.6 million in monetary
benefits for victims of workplace discrimination. This is also the highest
level obtained in the Commission's history. The fiscal year ended with 78,136
pending charges--a decrease of 8,202 charges, or ten percent. In previous
years, the pending inventory had increased as staffing declined 30 percent
between fiscal years 2000 and 2008.
And, of course, it is no coincidence that the EEOC's
mediation program -- in which I volunteer my time as a mediator -- has a good
year as well.
The EEOC's private sector national mediation
program also achieved historic highs, obtaining more than $170 million in
monetary benefits for complainants, and securing the highest number of
resolutions in the history of the program--9,831. This is five percent more
than the number of resolutions reported in fiscal year 2010.
So when was the last time you updated your
anti-harassment policy? Or had some respect-in-the-workplace training? Now may
be as good a time as any to get that done to avoid become another one of the
This article was originally published on Eric B. Meyer's blog, The Employer
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