EEOC Releases FY 2019 Enforcement and Litigation Data

Date: 1/27/2020
Title: EEOC Releases FY 2019 Enforcement and Litigation Data

Total EEOC charge receipts drop but sexual harassment recoveries increase

During FY 2019 EEOC took in 72,675 charges of workplace discrimination.   The posted enforcement and litigation statistics includes a historical overview of charge receipts since FY 2009 and a detailed breakdown of charges by statute and by state. 

The FY 2019 data reveal that the most frequently filed charge is retaliation, followed by disability, race, and sex.  Additionally, EEOC took in 12,739 charges alleging sex-based harassment including 7,514 charges alleging sexual harassment.  This was an increase from the 7,609 sexual harassment charges received in FY 2018. The number of males filing sexual harassment charges also increased from 15.9% to 16.8%.  The amount recovered from sexual harassment claims was $68.2 million, up from $56.6 million from the prior fiscal year. 

The following breakdowns are charges filed by bases alleged, in descending order:

  • Retaliation: 39,110 (53.8 percent of all charges filed)
  • Disability: 24,238 (33.4 percent)
  • Race: 23,976 (33.0 percent)
  • Sex: 23,532 (32.4 percent)
  • Age: 15,573 (21.4 percent)
  • National Origin: 7,009 (9.6 percent)
  • Color: 3,415 (4.7 percent)
  • Religion: 2,725 (3.7 percent)
  • Equal Pay Act: 1,117 (1.5 percent)
  • Genetic Information: 209 (0.3 percent)

These percentages add up to more than 100% because some charges allege multiple bases.

The litigation statistics are posted from FY 1997 through FY 2019.  The following chart displays the resolutions for FY 2019.

Type Amount
All resolutions 180    
Merit suits 173
Suits with Title VII claims 76
Suits with ADA claims 6
Suits with ADEA claims 6
Suits filed under multiple statues 13
Subpoena and preliminary relief 7
Monetary benefits ($ in millions)     $39.1
Title VII     $25.8
ADA $8.5
ADEA $1.0
EPA $0.2
Suits filed under multiple statutes $3.7

The foregoing has been prepared for the general information of clients and friends of Workplace Dynamics LLC and is not being represented as being all-inclusive or complete. It has been abridged from legislation, administrative ruling, agency directives, and other information provided by the government. It is not meant to provide legal advice with respect to any specific matter and should not be acted upon without professional counsel.