The EEOC has issued its annual performance and accountability report. You can find it here. It provides detailed information regarding the performance of the agency and the challenges it encountered during fiscal year 2010.
Some of the highlights include that, despite receiving the highest number of charges in its 45 year history (total of 99,922 new charges), the EEOC achieved 104,999 resolutions and had only a one percent increase in pending charges. This success was attributed to “the aggressive hiring of front-line staff, a significant agency-wide training initiative, renewing emphasis on pre-charge counseling, and identifying, sharing and implementing best practices in charge handling.”
The agency obtained the highest amount of monetary relief in its history – more than $319.3 million. The EEOC continues to work towards increasing the participation of employers in mediation and encourages employers to enter into Universal Agreements to Mediate (UAMs) to reflect employers’ commitment to mediating charges. By the end of 2010, the EEOC had signed a total of 1,787 local, regional or national UAMs.
The EEOC filed 250 lawsuits in 2010, asserting claims pursuant to the following statutes:
- Title VII (192)
- Americans with Disabilities Act (40)
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act (20)
- Equal Pay Act (2)
At the end of fiscal year 2010, the EEOC had undertaken 465 systemic investigations. The EEOC’s Systemic Initiative identifies, investigates and litigates matters that involve “pattern or practice, policy and/or class cases where the alleged discrimination has a broad impact on an industry, profession, company, or geographic location.”
This month, the EEOC is commemorating its 45th anniversary enforcing federal laws in an effort to eradicate workplace discrimination.