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EEO & harassment facts › data
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Data About Job Discrimination and Workplace Harassment


EEOC Statistics

  • In fiscal year (FY) 2016, employers paid out $348 million in settlements of EEOC charges.
  • The number of employment discrimination charges filed with the EEOC increased from 80,680 in FY 1997 to 91,503 in FY 2016.  The most frequently alleged basis of charges filed in FY 2016 was retaliation followed by race, sex, disability, and age discrimination.  Retaliation charges represented 46% of all EEO charges.


  • In fiscal year (FY) 2016, employers paid out $348 million in settlements of EEOC charges.
  • In fiscal year (FY) 2016, the EEOC obtained $348 million in monetary benefits for complainants who filed charges and $52 million through litigation.




  • In a June 2017 survey by the Society for Human Resource Managemen, a quarter of the 1,000 respondents said they had a workplace romance and nearly 40 percent of those individuals were top-level employees.
  • A March 2015 survey by Cosmopolitan Magazine found that one in three women between the ages of 18 and 34 has been sexually harassed at workt.


  • In a 2013 Huffington Post/YouGov poll, 19% were sexually harassed by a co-worker and 13% were harassed by a boss or other superior. Of those who said they experienced sexual harassment, 70 percent said they never reported it.
  • A 2012 telephone poll commissioned by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) of registered voters 50 and older, over one-third reported that they or someone they knew experienced age discrimination in the workplace.


  • According to a 2010 poll by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), a quarter of organizations reported an increase in the number of sexual harassment claims within the previous 24 months.
  • A 2008 survey by FindLaw.com found that one in four adults have experienced discrimination in job interviews, hiring, pay, or promotions. Race topped the list at 39 percent of respondents followed by age at 34 percent, gender at 30 percent, and religion or sexual orientation at 7 percent.

  • In a 2007 poll of executives by TheLadders.com, 81 percent said they witnessed discrimination in the workplace and 77% said discrimination typically comes from the top down. The majority cited race as the most common type of workplace discrimination followed by gender, age, and sexual orientation.

  • A 2003 study by Jury Verdict Research, Inc. found that the national jury award median for employment practice liability cases that year was $250,000.

  • A 2001 SHRM survey of human resource professionals in Fortune 1000 companies found that diversity initiatives helped the bottom line of their organizations. Benefits included the following: improvement of corporate culture; improvement of employee morale; higher retention of employees; easier recruitment of new employees; decreased complaints and litigation; increased creativity.

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