EEOC Publishes 2017 Enforcement Data

FEBRUARY 7, 2018


The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published its fiscal year (FY) 2017 enforcement and litigation data, highlighting that nearly 85,000 workplace discrimination charges were filed in 2017, resulting in nearly $400 million in compensation for victims.

The discrimination charges broke down into the following categories:

  • Retaliation: 41,097 (48.8 percent of all charges filed)
  • Race: 28,528 (33.9 percent)
  • Disability: 26,838 (31.9 percent)
  • Sex: 25,605 (30.4 percent)
  • Age: 18,376 (21.8 percent)
  • National Origin: 8,299 (9.8 percent)
  • Religion: 3,436 (4.1 percent)
  • Color: 3,240 (3.8 percent)
  • Equal Pay Act: 996 (1.2 percent)
  • Genetic Information: 206 (.2 percent)
Over 99,000 charges in total were resolved in FY 2017, and the EEOC was able to reduce pending matters to its lowest levels in nearly a decade, resulting in just over 61,000 pending matters.

“Over the past year, the EEOC has remained steadfast in its commitment to its core values and mission: to vigorously enforce our nation's civil rights laws,” said EEOC Acting Chair Victoria A. Lipnic. “The results for the last fiscal year demonstrate exactly that.”