According to information released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the number of age, religion and national origin discrimination charges filed in fiscal year 2002 increased 14.5%, 21% and 13%, respectively, compared to 2001, while the average time to process a charge declined.
The number of private sector charges for the year increased to 84,442, up 4.5% from the previous year. The average time to process a private sector charge declined to 171 days, down 6% from FY 2001. The EEOC resolved 7,858 charges using its voluntary mediation program, in an average time of 82 days-less than half the time it takes through the administrative process.
The EEOC reports that it recovered a record total of $310.5 million in monetary benefits for charging parties through settlements, conciliation, mediation, and litigation.
The total charge filings break down as follows:
- 29,910 alleged race discrimination (up 3.5% from FY 2001)
- 25,536 alleged sex/gender discrimination (up 1.6% from FY 2001)
- 22,768 alleged retaliation (up 2% from FY 2001)
- 19,921 alleged age discrimination (up 14.5% from FY 2001)
- 15,964 alleged disability discrimination (down 3% from FY 2001)
- 9,046 alleged national origin discrimination (up 13% from FY 2001)
- 2,572 alleged religious discrimination (up 21% from FY 2001)
- 1,256 alleged Equal Pay Act violations (unchanged from FY 2001)
(Note: Individuals may allege multiple types of discrimination in one charge filing.)
EEOC Chair Cari M. Dominguez said that the EEOC was “operating at the most efficient levels in the Commission
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