Labor and Employment Law

The 2011 EEOC Performance and Accountability Report

It's that time of year again - the EEOC Performance and Accountability Report has been released.

Recapping FY 2011, the Report provides a glimpse into the inner-workings of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - where it is going and where it has been.

Here are some of the highlights from the Report:

  • A record number of 99,947 charges were received, and a total of 112,499 charges were resolved. 
  • The EEOC's private sector secured the highest level of monetary relief ever - $346.6 million in monetary benefits. This is $45 million more than the previous year.
  • In FY 2011, the EEOC filed 23 lawsuits.  20 were filed the previous year.
  • 6,264 no-cost educational, training, and outreach programs were held, targeting almost 512,000 people.
  • 40.7% of charges were processed in 180 days or less.
  • The number of pending charges was reduced by more than 8000 charges over the FY 2010 level - the first reduction since FY 2002.
  • The EEOC's mediation program secured 5% more resolutions than the previous year - totaling 9,831 resolutions.
  • 261 merits lawsuits were filed:  177 individual, 67 multiple-victim (fewer than 20), and 23 systemic suits. 162 contained Title VII claims, 80 contained ADA claims, 26 contained ADEA claims, and 2 contained EPA claims. 
  • 39 subpoena enforcement actions were filed.
  • At the end of FY 2011, the EEOC was working on 580 systemic investigations, involving 2,067 charges (including 47 Commission-initiated charges).

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