Tuesday, November 30, 2010

EEOC Announces Record Numbers in Annual Report

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in its fiscal year 2010 FY 2010 Performance and Accountability Report revealed that though it is making progress in rebuilding its capacity to enforce the civil rights laws protecting the nation’s workers, their backlog is up only one percent. However, optimism made its way into the report when it was also revealed that the EEOC received a record 99,922 charges and secured more than $319 million in monetary benefits for individuals—the highest level of relief obtained through administrative enforcement in the Commission’s history. Other significant accomplishments this year included:

•The mediation program ended the year with a record 9,370 resolutions, 10
percent more than FY 2009 levels, and more than $142 million in monetary benefits;
•The EEOC also expanded its reach to underserved communities by providing educational training, and public outreach events to approximately 250,000 persons;
•The agency continued its concerted effort to build a strong national systemic enforcement program. At the end of the fiscal year, 465 systemic investigations, involving more than 2,000 charges, were being undertaken;
•The EEOC resolved a total of 7,213 requests for hearings in the Federal Sector, securing more than $63 million in relief for parties who requested hearings. The agency also timely resolved more than 66 percent of Federal Sector appeals.

It's good to see that the EEOC is getting more accomplished considering most people have a distaste for seeking redress through them because of the snail pace at which investigations move at and the overwhelmingly low odds of them accepting a case for representation. New legislation has given them more teeth to file claims and with the change of administration when Obama came into office, more money was allocated to the EEOC to expand their services which has included expanding walk-in hours, and issuing a plain language brochure to assist potential charging parties in understanding their rights and the EEOC charge process. Also, individuals can now contact the agency by phone, by mail, by e-mail, by going to the EEOC website, or by visiting EEOC field offices.

Enochs Law Firm

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