The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. It was established by President John F. Kennedy in 1965 under a mandate provided by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The federal commission, which investigates complaints of employment discrimination throughout the United States, released its annual Performance Report for 2015.
A half-century of battling ethnic, racial, and gender discrimination hasn’t slowed the commission yet. Here are the numbers from 2015:
- $525 million for victims of discrimination in the private sector, federal, state, and local government.
- $356.6 million obtained through mediation, conciliation, and settlement agreements.
- $65.3 million obtained through litigation
- $105.7 million for federal employees and applicants obtained through national EEO counselors.
- 64% of systematic discrimination investigations ended with voluntary resolutions.
- 89,385 discrimination charges filed with the agency in the fiscal year 2015 (2% increase from 2014)
- 92,641charges resolved in 2015 (including backlog from 2014)
- One hundred forty-two discrimination cases filed by EEOC in 2015.
- 100 individual cases
- 42 involving multiple plaintiffs
- Sixteen instances of “systematic discrimination.”
- Six cases with 50 or more plaintiffs
- 155 discrimination cases resolved in 2015
- 218 active cases
- 22% are alleged instances of “systematic discrimination.”
- 18% involve multiple plaintiffs
Florida is a “right to work” state, meaning that few protections exist for victims of wrongful termination. If you believe you have been a victim of discrimination, based on gender, age, sexual orientation, race, nationality, or veterans’ status, you may be protected under Federal law. The attorneys of Massey & Duffy will work with the EEOC to investigate charges of discrimination and assist you in filing a suit against your employer. Call our office today at (352) 505-8900 to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION so we may discuss your case and inform you of your rights.