by Ian G. Nanos
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently issued its Performance and Accountability Report for Fiscal Year 2011. As reported by the EEOC, 2011 was a record year. A quick review of these highlights, as well as the pending docket, reveals a growing trend and employers should pay attention.
First the highlights. During FY 2011, the EEOC received a record number of discrimination charges – nearly 100,000 against private sector employers alone. More importantly, the EEOC also recovered a record $364 Million through administrative enforcement. Even with this high volume of new charge activity, the EEOC made a lot of progress closing cases – as one could expect given the record high recovery – and managed to reduce its charge backlog by 10%. This reduction is also a significant development because the EEOC has not been able to reduce its pending charge backlog from one year as compared to the previous year since it did so back in FY 2002.