Decline in EEOC complaints points out benefits of training

by on May 21, 2009 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: HR Info Center

EEOC complaints still raked in $380 million

Maybe it’s time to give yourself a pat on the back. If you’ve trained your workforce to avoid discrimination, you may be partly responsible for the decline in EEOC charges filed.

The federal anti-discrimination watchdog agency reported a 5% decline in EEOC charges filed with it against private employers in the most recent fiscal year. It was the third year in a row that the volume of charges dropped.


Not all is rosy on the discrimination front, however. Employers are still paying heavily for EEOC complaints about discrimination. The EEOC reported that employees complaining of bias pulled down a cool $380 million in the year as a result of enforcement and court action. Of that amount, $272 million came through settlements and mediation, before cases could go to court.

The EEOC closed 77,352 cases with 21.5% going in favor of the employee. Also, 7,908 cases were resolved through mediation. The just-released data is for the year ended September 30, 2005.


As usual with EEOC complaints, race and sex discrimination, along with retaliation, accounted for the bulk of cases in the year. You’ve probably devoted some amount of time and money to training in these areas.

An area where you may want to consider allocating training budget in the future is national origin discrimination. This kind of bias isn’t new, but it’s increasing in tandem with the growing number of foreign-born workers in the U.S. workforce. Claims of national origin discrimination accounted for nearly 11% of all EEOC complaints.

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