Employers take heed…the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released their FY 2013 data on February 5th. While charges themselves were down 5 percent from 2012, monetary recovery was the highest in the agency history at just over $372 million. Once again, retaliation charges led the way at roughly 41%, followed by race discrimination at 35.3%, sex discrimination, including harassment and pregnancy discrimination at 29.5%, and disability discrimination at 27.7%.
Texas was the champion yet again for the state where the most charges were brought, at 9,068, followed by Florida, with 7,597, California, 6,892, and Georgia, 5162. Those employers seeking to avoid the EEOC hubbub may want to consider moving to Montana or Vermont, who weighed in with 18 and 31 charges, respectively.
Employers should review the statistics to see how they correlate to their own practices, especially in those states that clearly present a higher risk. An audit of current practices and responses would be a good way to kick off 2014 to help prevent becoming an addition to next year’s statistics.
The EEOC data can be found at: