The EEOC has released detailed breakdowns for the 91,503 charges of workplace discrimination the agency received in fiscal year 2016.

Less than 0.3% of those charges (253) occurred in Connecticut.

This is the second year in a row that the number of charges filed with EEOC has increased.

Overall, EEOC resolved 97,443 charges in fiscal year 2016 and secured more than $482 million for victims of discrimination in private sector and state and local government workplaces through voluntary resolutions and litigation.

LGBT Charges

This is the first year that the EEOC has included detailed information about LGBT charges in its year-end summary.

The EEOC resolved 1,650 charges and recovered $4.4 million for LGBT individuals who filed sex discrimination charges with EEOC in fiscal year 2016.

Additionally, the data show a steady increase in the four years the agency has been collecting LGBT charge data.

From fiscal year 2013 through fiscal year 2016, nearly 4,000 charges were filed with EEOC by LGBT individuals alleging sex discrimination, and EEOC recovered $10.8 million for these individuals.

Breakdown of Charges

  • Retaliation: 42,018 (45.9% of all charges filed)
  • Race: 32,309 (35.3%)
  • Disability: 28,073 (30.7%)
  • Sex: 26,934 (29.4%)
  • Age: 20,857 (22.8%)
  • National Origin: 9,840 (10.8%)
  • Religion: 3,825 (4.2%)
  • Color: 3,102 (3.4%)
  • Equal Pay Act: 1,075 (1.2%)
  • Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act: 238 (0.3%)

Percentages add up to more than 100 because some charges allege multiple bases (categories).

EEOC legal staff resolved 139 lawsuits and filed 86 lawsuits alleging discrimination in fiscal year 2016.

The lawsuits filed by EEOC included 55 individual suits and 31 suits involving multiple victims or discrimin­atory policies.

At the end of the fiscal year, EEOC had 168 cases on its active docket, of which 48 (28.6%) involve challenges to systemic discrimination and an additional 32 (19%) are multiple-victim cases.