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Most EEOC discrimination complaints are for retaliation

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission helps California residents to seek appropriate compensation after they have been unlawfully discriminated against at work. While most employment discrimination cases are resolved with out-of-court mediation and settlements, some cases go to trial. In fiscal 2016, the EEOC has a 76 percent success rate for mediated cases and a 90.6 percent success rate for litigated cases.

According to the EEOC, the agency resolved 97,443 employment discrimination charges during fiscal year 2016. The resolutions resulted in over $482 million in compensation for victims of employment discrimination. In 2016, 86 new discrimination lawsuits were filed by the EEOC, and 139 discrimination lawsuits were resolved by the EEOC. Many of the lawsuits that were filed by the EEOC in 2016 involved multiple victims or discriminatory workplace policies.

The most common type of employment discrimination charge that was handled by the EEOC was retaliation. Nearly 46 percent of the discrimination charges that the EEOC handled in 2016 involved retaliation while racial discrimination made up about 35 percent of the cases. Other common types of discrimination complaints that the EEOC handled in 2016 included disability, sex and age discrimination complaints. Among the sex discrimination cases last year, there were 1,650 charges filed by LGBT workers.

Employment discrimination can sometimes be subtle. The protections afforded by federal and California state law apply not only to people on the job, but during the application and interviewing process as well. People who believe that they have been unfairly treated due to their gender, age, race or other reasons may want to meet with an attorney to see if there is any recourse available.

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