EEOC Reports High Rates of Discrimination-Related Charges in 2012

The number of complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging discrimination in the workplace was actually down last year, but the agency continued to handle historically high levels of complaints. Conversely, the number of lawsuits filed by the agency actually fell.

According to data by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it received a total of 99,412 discrimination -related charges in 2012. That was a slight drop from the previous year, but the numbers were still at high.

In contrast however, there was a decrease in the number of lawsuits filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 2012, the agency filed a total of 122 lawsuits. That was a significant decline from 261 lawsuits filed in 2011. In the year 2012, there was also an 18% increase in the number of charges that the agency was able to resolve through conciliation.

According to the agency, this decrease in the number of lawsuits has been the result of a targeted effort by the agency to target company policy. This decrease in the number of lawsuits is also due to the fact that in recent times, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has been criticized, fined and sanctioned by a number of courts for bringing lawsuits that the courts deemed were not necessary.

In many of these cases, the judges concluded that the agency had not prepared the groundwork for these cases, and that it hurried in bringing lawsuits, leading to penalties and sanctions against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. As a result, Fremont employment lawyers find that the agency is now much more cautious about the lawsuits it files, and invests in greater preparation. That has automatically lead to a decrease in the number of lawsuits it has been able to file.