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Highlights of FY 2018 HCRC Annual Report
The Hawaii Civil Rights Commission (“HCRC”) published its Annual Report for fiscal year 2018. Highlights include:
- A total of 471 employment cases were accepted by the HCRC, a decrease from FY 2017 in which 502 employment complaints were filed.
- The primary bases most cited were:
- Disability – 111 cases (23.6%)
- Age – 91 cases (19.3%)
- Retaliation – 73 cases (15.5%)
- Sex – 63 cases (13.4%)
- 15 cases alleged sexual harassment as the primary basis
- 18 cases were primarily based on pregnancy
- Race – 50 cases (10.6%)
- Ancestry/National Origin – 40 cases (8.5%)
- Arrest and Court Record – 17 cases (3.6%)
- Sexual Orientation – 6 cases (1.3%)
- Religion – 5 cases (1.1%)
- Domestic or Sexual Violence Victim Status – 1 case (.2%)
- 22 employment cases were brought forward for litigation because an investigation resulted in a recommendation that there was reasonable cause to believe discrimination had occurred.
 Although complaints may contain more than one basis for the alleged discriminatory conduct, for statistical purposes, each complaint is identified by only one designated “primary basis.” For example, if a complaint alleges primarily age discrimination, but also retaliation, it was counted only as an age discrimination case. Thus, the actual number of allegations is much higher than this data suggests.