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EEOC Releases Report on Complaints Filed 2015-2016

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced the number of workplace discrimination charges filed nationwide during fiscal year 2016 (October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016).

Of the 91,503 workplace discrimination charges filed with the agency during that time, retaliation topped the list, totaling 42,018 charges, followed by race, disability, sex and age-based charges.

The EEOC’s legal staff resolved 139 lawsuits and filed 86 new lawsuits last year, securing more than $482 million for claimants.

For the first time, the EEOC included detailed information about LGBT charges in its year-end summary, with a total of 1,650 charges filed and $4.4 million obtained for LGBT claimants who filed sex discrimination charges.

Workforce education for the prevention of unlawful practices is essential for any business. While regular “zero-tolerance” sexual harassment training and well-worded anti-discrimination, harassment and retaliation policies are sound practices, employers should not stop there. To promote and maintain a professional and productive work environment, managers and workers alike should receive training on all forms of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, including gender, age, religion, sexual preference, national origin, and disability, to name a few.

For further information, please contact Tim Bowles, Cindy Bamforth or Helena Kobrin.

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Cindy Bamforth

February 17, 2017