Addressing Discrimination Charges

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently published their annual report of the most prevalent workplace discrimination charges. Of the top ten charges, Retaliation tops 2015’s list at just under 40,000 cases.

The EEOC reported that it had resolved over 92,000 cases in the past fiscal year. Of the reported cases, the EEOC claims it helped secure more than $500 million for victims of discrimination in both the public and private sectors.

Besides Retaliation, Race, Disability, and Sex charges account for nearly half of all the charges reported by the EEOC. The top ten list, along with percentages and case amounts, is featured below:

  • Retaliation: 39,757 (44.5%)*
  • Race: 31,027 (34.7%)*
  • Disability: 26,968 (30.2%)*
  • Sex: 26,396 (29.5%)*
  • Age: 20,144 (22.5%)*
  • National Origin: 9,438 (10.6%)*
  • Religion: 3,502 (3.9%)*
  • Color: 2,833 (3.2%)*
  • Equal Pay Act: 973 (1.1%)*
  • Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act: 257 (0.3%)*

*Total amounts to over 100% due to multiple charges within the same claim.

For an employer, this information can be intimidating: employees, as well as candidates interviewing for positions, can file a claim against an employer for a wide variety of reasons. This can be crippling to a business, as they must go through the legal system to arrive at a settlement.

EPLI (Employment Practices Liability Insurance) is a policy that covers the employer in the event that a job candidate, current or previous employee files a claim against the employer. EPLI helps cover all the causes in the EEOC’s top ten list, so no matter what kind of claim comes down the pipeline, employers can run their business confidently and effectively.


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