Average time to resolve discrimination charges reduced by 21 days

According to its annual Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) filed on Dec. 16, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received a total of 93,727 private-sector charges of discrimination in FY 2013, a 6,000-charge decrease from the prior three fiscal years.

In addition, a total of 97,252 charges were resolved, nearly 14,000 fewer than in FY 2012, likely due to the decline in staffing and resources the agency faced in FY 2013, including the impact from furloughs. The average time for the enforcement staff to investigate and bring charges to resolution was, however, reduced by 21 days to 267 days.

The EEOC obtained a record $372.1 million in monetary relief for victims of private-sector workplace discrimination in FY 2013. This is $6.7 million more than was recovered last year, and the highest level obtained in the Commission's history. Overall, the agency secured both monetary and nonmonetary benefits in FY 2013 for more than 70,522 people through administrative enforcement activities including mediation, settlements, and conciliations.

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