The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency responsible for enforcing the nation’s anti-discrimination laws, issued a press release following the close of its fiscal year 2011. According to the press release, the EEOC finished its fiscal year with a ten percent decrease in its pending charge inventory. This decrease is the first such reduction since 2002.
The EEOC also reported that it achieved the highest ever monetary amounts through administrative enforcement, more than $364.6 million in monetary benefits for victims of workplace discrimination. The EEOC also received a record number of charges of discrimination (99,947).
The EEOC reports that, due to its enforcement programs in both the private and federal sectors, 5.4 million people benefited from changes in employment policies or practices. In addition, the EEOC’s public outreach and education programs reached approximately 540,000 people directly. The EEOC’s private sector national mediation program also achieved success, obtaining more than $170 million in monetary benefits for individuals and securing the highest number of resolutions ever.
The EEOC continues to build a strong national systemic enforcement program. In 2011, it filed 261 lawsuits, 23 of which involved systemic allegations affecting large numbers of people.
To speak to a Dallas discrimination law attorney about the handling of an EEOC charge of discrimination, contact the employment lawyers at the Dallas employment law firm of Clouse Dunn LLP at [email protected].
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KEITH A. CLOUSE
Clouse Dunn LLP
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