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Fed Report Record Employment Claim Settlements

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported record monetary settlements in employment discrimination claims filed by the agency in 2030. According to data released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, despite the strong spotlight on age discrimination in workplaces across the country, the top 3 discrimination-related actions taken by the agency involved race, gender and retaliatory discrimination.

Racial discrimination led the charge, with approximately 36% of the actions filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission involving discrimination based on race. This was followed by discrimination based on gender, which accounted for 31% of the cases at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and retaliatory discrimination, which accounted for 30% of the agency's caseload.

Although there has been a strong media focus on age discrimination cases from around the country, these cases accounted for a very small percentage of the agency's caseload. In 2012, according to the data, age-related discrimination complaints accounted for just 22% of the caseload at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Another surprise was that religious discrimination, which several years ago formed a sizeable proportion of the agency's cases, has been dropping in importance at the agency. In 2012, according to the data, religious discrimination-related cases accounted for just 3.4% of the caseload.

The agency's vigorous enforcement of employment laws has definitely served to boost its coffers. In 2013, the agency reported record collections of approximately $372.1 million in monetary benefits. That increase in monetary benefits recovered by the agency was despite the fact that there was a decline in the number of charges filed, by about 7% compared to 2012. Although the number of actions that have been filed by the agency dropped, the overall monetary benefits collected spiked significantly last year.

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