February 11, 2013

EEOC releases FY 2012 stats (plus, some musical fun with numbers)

Posted in Discrimination tagged , , , at 6:00 pm by Tom Jacobson


In keeping with the spirit of the Grammys that were awarded last night, here’s a bit of numerical music trivia. In 1964 the Beatles released Eight Days a Week. In 1991 U2 released One. And sometime in between, Tommy Tutone dialed 867-5309/Jenny, Prince partied like it was 1999, and Chicago did 25 or 6 to 4.

Though not nearly as entertaining, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) last month released its final numbers for fiscal year (Oct. 1 to Sept. 30) 2012. Because I can sense your collective yawn over statistics, just read to the end for more musical fun with numbers.

The agency reports that it received 99,412 private sector workplace discrimination charges during FY 2012, which was down slightly from the 99,947 charges it received in 2011. Other 2012 highlights include:

  • The most frequently filed charges were for allegations of retaliation (37,836); race (33,512); and sex discrimination, including allegations of sexual harassment and pregnancy (30,356).
  • Through its administrative process, the agency obtained $365.4 million in recoveries from private sector and state and local government employers – its largest amount of monetary recovery.
  • The agency’s legal staff resolved 254 lawsuits for a total monetary recovery of $44.2 million.
  • The agency completed 240 systemic investigations which in part lead to 46 settlements or conciliation agreements that secured $36.2 million for victims.
  • Discharge from employment was the most frequently-cited discriminatory employment action.

What you need to know:  Just for fun walk Three Doors Down and rock on with Three Dog Night signing “One is the Loneliest Number.” Then, ask Lynyrd Skynyrd to give you “Three Steps” before you shoot your .38 Special with 10,000 Maniacs, or take a flight with the B-52’s and color your world with Maroon 5. Of course, if you’re having trouble sleeping, check out all of the EEOC’s statistics on its Enforcement and Litigation Statistics page, but be careful – they may leave your Third Eye Blind.

For more information about this article, please contact me at alexandriamnlaw.com or  taj@alexandriamnlaw.com.

The comments posted in this blog are for general informational purposes only. They are not to be considered as legal advice, and they do not establish an attorney-client relationship. For legal advice regarding your specific situation, please consult your attorney.

Copyright 2013 Swenson Lervick Syverson Trosvig Jacobson Schultz, PA

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