Private sector employers paid record $372.1 million to resolve workplace discrimination claims in FY 2013

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reports it received a total of 93,727 private sector charges of discrimination in fiscal year 2013. It resolved 97,252 charges, nearly 14,000 less than in FY 2012. The decline in resolved cases is largely attributed to staffing and resource constraints the agency faced in FY 2013, including job furloughs.

Despite these constraints, the average time for the enforcement staff to investigate and bring charges to resolution was reduced by 21 days to 267 days. In addition, the EEOC obtained a record $372.1 million in monetary relief for victims of private sector workplace discrimination in FY 2013, $6.7 million more than in FY 2012 and the most ever obtained by the agency.

Overall, the EEOC secured both monetary and non-monetary benefits for more than 70,522 individuals through administrative enforcement activities including mediation, settlements and conciliation. Comprehensive enforcement and litigation statistics for FY 2013 are expected to be published early this year.