The 2011 EEOC Performance and Accountability Report

It’s that time of year again – Thanksgiving dinner is on the horizon and oh, of course, the EEOC Performance and Accountability Report has been released.

Recapping FY 2011, the Report provides a glimpse into the inner-workings of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – where it is going and where it has been.

Here are some of the highlights from the Report:

  • A record number of 99,947 charges were received, and a total of 112,499 charges were resolved. 
  • The EEOC’s private sector secured the highest level of monetary relief ever – $346.6 million in monetary benefits. This is $45 million more than the previous year.
  • In FY 2011, the EEOC filed 23 lawsuits.  20 were filed the previous year.
  • 6,264 no-cost educational, training, and outreach programs were held, targeting almost 512,000 people.
  • 40.7% of charges were processed in 180 days or less.
  • The number of pending charges was reduced by more than 8000 charges over the FY 2010 level – the first reduction since FY 2002.
  • The EEOC’s mediation program secured 5% more resolutions than the previous year – totaling 9,831 resolutions.
  • 261 merits lawsuits were filed:  177 individual, 67 multiple-victim (fewer than 20), and 23 systemic suits. 162 contained Title VII claims, 80 contained ADA claims, 26 contained ADEA claims, and 2 contained EPA claims. 
  • 39 subpoena enforcement actions were filed.
  • At the end of FY 2011, the EEOC was working on 580 systemic investigations, involving 2,067 charges (including 47 Commission-initiated charges).
Note all images, except the wonderful turkey, are courtesy of the EEOC Report.

About Ashley Kasarjian

Attorney at Snell and Wilmer in Phoenix, Arizona, and publisher of the blog, Employment and the Law.
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