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EEOCís 2017 Enforcement Statistics Give Insight into Most Common Claims Raised in Hawaii

Posted Tuesday, February 6, 2018 6:31 am

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released its analysis of the 84,254 charges of workplace discrimination that were filed during the 2017 fiscal year (running from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017).  

Of these charges, the most common allegations raised nationwide involved:

  • Retaliation (up from 45.9% for FY 2016 to 48.8% in FY 2017),
  • Race discrimination (down to 33.9% from 35.3% in FY 2016),
  • Disability discrimination (up to 31.9% from 30.7% in FY 2016),
  • Sex discrimination (up to 30.4% from 29.4% in FY 2016,) and
  • Age discrimination (down to 21.8 % from 22.8% in FY 2016).

In Hawaii, a total of 294 charges of discrimination were filed in FY 2017.  The most common allegations raised in Hawaii involved:

  • Retaliation (51.4% of Hawaii charges filed in FY 2017),
  • Disability discrimination (37.4% of Hawaii charges filed in FY 2017),
  • Sex discrimination (31.6% of Hawaii charges filed in FY 2017),
  • Race discrimination (28.2% of Hawaii charges filed in FY 2017), and
  • Age discrimination (22.4% of Hawaii charges filed in FY 2017).

During FY 2017, the EEOC received 6,696 sexual harassment charges nationwide and obtained $46.3 million in monetary benefits for sexual harassment victims.  The agency also reported that it filed 184 merits lawsuits, resolved a total of 99,109 charges, and reduced the overall charge workload by 16.2 percent in FY 2017.  This workload reduction resulted form the introduction of new strategies to efficiently prioritize charges with merit and to timely resolve investigations.  Efforts were also made to improve the agency’s digital systems.

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