The EEOC just published its “Annual Report on the Federal Work Force Part I: EEO Complaints Processing for Fiscal Year 2011” It reports that for fiscal year 2011, federal employees and applicants filed 16,974 complaints of employment discrimination.

Statistics reported by the EEOC which compared FY 2010 to FY 2011 included:

  • the average time to process charges by federal agencies went down last year from 360.28 days to 346.38 days;
  • the average time to process charges by federal agencies “on the merits” went down from 480.99 days to 429.89 days;  
  • the number of charging parties who requested a hearing before an EEOC administrative judge went up to 47.8% from 43.8%, while the number of charging parties who filed an appeal with the EEOC’s OFO increased to 29.69% from 26.54%.  

As to the types of charges, retaliation was the most frequently filed (which should come as no surprise to our readers), with non-sexual harassment the most frequently filed type of discrimination.