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EEOC Statistics on Charges of Discrimination Filed in 2018

Law Office of Patrick K. Elliott > Florida Workplace Discrimination > EEOC Statistics on Charges of Discrimination Filed in 2018

Florida is Number Two in the Nation for Charges of Employment Discrimination Filed with the EEOC

According to the EEOC, Florida has the second highest rate of employment discrimination. If you've been discriminated against on the job in Florida, call Patrick Elliott today.In 2018, employees and former employees filed a total of 76,418 charges of discrimination in 2018, compared with the 84,254 charges filed in 2017. This is an approximate 7% decrease in the number of charges of discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”). While national charges of discrimination are down, Florida remains a hotspot for discriminatory employment practices.

Statistics on the EEOC

The EEOC addressed 519,000 calls to its toll-free number and more than 200,000 inquiries to its field offices in FY 2018, roughly in the ballpark of 540,000 calls and 155,000 inquiries in FY 2017, respectively.

Florida has the Second Highest Number of Charges of Discrimination Filed Out of Any State

In 2018, Florida had 6617 charges of discrimination filed by former employees, and ranks second in the nation.

Retaliation is the Most Common Type of Charges Filed with the EEOC

Retaliation: Retaliation is the most filed charge that’s filed with the EEOC. In fact, Retaliation charges represent 42.8 percent of the total charges filed in 2018. In sum, there were 39,469 retaliation charges filed, and represent over half the total charges of discrimination filed.

Gender Discrimination: Discrimination based on sex or gender ranks seconds for the most number of EEOC charges. The agency also received 7,609 sexual harassment charges – a 13.6 percent increase from FY 2017


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Discriminated Against on the Basis of Disability: After sex or gender discrimination, disability discrimination is number three (3) in the number of charges filed with the EEOC. In 2018, disabled employees filed approximately 24,605 complaints with the EEOC.

Breakdown of the Reports Filed with the EEOC in 2018

Retaliation: 39,469 (51.6 percent of all charges filed)

Race: 24,600 (32.2 percent)

Age: 16,911 (22.1%)

National Origin: 7,106 (9.3 percent)

Color: 3,166 (4.1 percent)

Religion: 2,859 (3.7 percent)

Equal Pay Act Violations: 1,066 (1.4 percent)

Genetic Information: 220 (.3 percent)