February Employment Law Bulletin
Record Decline of EEOC Charge Filings
EEOC charge filings dropped during FY 2017 (September 30) to 84,254 from 91,503 during FY 2016. This drop was the largest single-year decline since the EEOC began releasing charge statistics in 1997. Although overall chare numbers are in decline, some types of claims continue to be strongly and increasingly represented in the charges that are filed. For instance, charges containing a retaliation claim comprised 48.8% of all charges, the fifteenth consecutive year retaliation charges increased as a percent of total charges. ADA charges as a percent of overall charges increased for the ninth consecutive year and now comprise 31.9% of all charge filings.
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