$525 Million Recovered for Employment Discrimination Victims This Year, EEOC Reports

Employers shelled out collectively more than $525 million to victims of employment discrimination in fiscal year 2015 in the private and public sectors, in actions initiated by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency said in its annual Performance and Accountability Report published last Thursday, Nov. 19.

Anyway you slice the data, it’s an impressive haul.

More than half of that amount-$356.6 million-was obtained through mediation, conciliation, and settlements; $65.3 million was obtained for charging parties through litigation; and $105.7 million was obtained for federal employees and applicants.

In fiscal year 2015, EEOC resolved 268 systemic investigations before filing litigation, obtaining more than $33.5 million in remedies. In litigation, EEOC resolved 26 systemic cases, six of which included at least 50 victims of discrimination and 13 that included at least 20 victims.

EEOC filed 142 lawsuits alleging discrimination during fiscal year 2015, including 100 individual suits and 42 suits involving multiple victims or discriminatory policies (versus discriminatory treatment), of which 16 were systemic suits. Legal staff resolved 155 lawsuits alleging discrimination. At the end of the fiscal year, EEOC had 218 cases on its active docket, of which 48 (22 percent) involved challenges to systemic discrimination and 40 (18 percent) were multiple-victim cases.

You can download the report here.

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