On March 28, 2022, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released data on workplace discrimination charges received in FY 2021.
The EEOC received 61,331 charges and resolved 62,187 charges during FY 2021, which ended on September 30, 2021. The EEOC secured $350.7 million through voluntary resolutions for victims of workplace discrimination.
The EEOC resolved 138 merits lawsuits and filed 116 lawsuits, recovering more than $34 million for charging parties and other aggrieved individuals.
The most common type of charge filed with the EEOC is retaliation. Fifty-six percent of all charges filed with the EEOC in FY 2021 involved retaliation, totaling 34,332 retaliation charges.
Disability discrimination was the second most common charge filed, with 22,843 charges comprising 37.2 percent of all charges filed. Race discrimination totaled 20,908 charges, 34.1 percent of charges filed, which was a 5.2 percent decrease from FY 2020.
The EEOC received 18,762 charges of sex discrimination, down from 21,398 in FY 2020, and 12,965 charges of age discrimination, down from 14,183 in FY 2020.
National origin discrimination comprised 10.1 percent of charges filed, at 6,213 total charges, and color discrimination comprised 5.7 percent, at 3,516 total charges.
The EEOC received 2,111 charges of religious discrimination, 885 charges of Equal Pay Act violations, and 242 charges of Genetic Information Nondisclosure Act violations.
Finally, the EEOC received 1,968 charges of LGBTQ+-based discrimination, which constitutes 10.5 percent of all sex discrimination charges and 3.2 percent of all charges. This is an increase of six percent from FY 2020.
Percentages are greater than 100 because some charges allege multiple types of discrimination. "Enforcement and Litigation Statistics" www.eeoc.gov.