The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has made released its workplace discrimination litigation statistics for 2012. In total, the EEOC received 99,412 charges of employment discrimination and unlawful termination from October 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012 (versus 99,947 charges in 2011). The EEOC filed 122 in 2012 (as compared to 261 in 2011). The 2012 lawsuits resulted in a total monetary recovery of $44.2 million. The EEOC enforces many federal unlawful discrimination statutes, prohibiting workplace discrimination, including Title VII (which covers race, gender, national origin, and sexual orientation, among other protected classes); the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age discrimination); the Americans with Disabilities Act (disability discrimination); the Equal Pay Act (pay discrimination); and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (genetic information discrimination).
The most prevalent charges filed with the EEOC in 2012 were for retaliation (38.1%); race discrimination (33.7%) and sex discrimination (30.5%).
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