On February 11, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Office (“EEOC”) released its data for charges and claims litigated in 2015. Below are the highlights.

  • A total of 89,385 workplace discrimination charges were received.
  • More retaliation charges were received than any other type of claim enforced by the EEOC.
    • Retaliation charges constituted almost 45 percent of the total number of charges filed against private employers.
    • Retaliation claims were up by 5 percent over 2014 statistics.
  • The second largest number of filings was for race discrimination.
  • The third largest number of filings was for disability discrimination, fourth was for sex, fifth was for age and sixth was for national origin.
  • Only 3.9 percent of charges were for religious discrimination, and 1.1 percent were equal pay charges.
  • The least often filed charge was for violations of the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (0.3 percent of the total charges).
  • There were 28,000 harassment charges (31 percent).
  • The EEOC filed 142 lawsuits (nine more than in 2014).
  • The agency brought in more than $525 million through settlement and litigation.