EEOC Releases 2020 Data

Volume: 20 | Issue: 15
March 1, 2021

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released its 2020 Enforcement and Litigation Data that can be helpful to employers looking at the bigger picture.

The EEOC’s data shows that 67,448 workplace discrimination charges were filed with the EEOC during fiscal year 2020. This is a decrease in charges from fiscal year 2019, during which 72,675 charges were filed.

The 2020 data also show that 55.8 percent of all charges filed involved some type of retaliation allegation. The next most frequent discrimination charge allegations were:

  • Disability (36.1 percent)
  • Race (32.7 percent)
  • Sex (31.7 percent)

A comparison of this data over the years of 1997 through 2020 shows that disability and retaliation charges continue to increase each year, with 2020 marking the highest percentage of retaliation and disability charges ever filed with the EEOC.

The EEOC also provides a breakdown of charges by state. Nevada charges represented only 1.2% of the total charges filed in the United States, with 794 EEOC charges filed against Nevada employers in 2020. This is a decrease from 2019’s 896 charges.

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