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EEOC Statistics on Charges of Discrimination Filed in 2018

Charges of Discrimination Are Down Overall Nationwide, Yet Florida Remains High

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.

What Are The Most Common Type of Charges of Discrimination Filed?

Retaliation: Retaliation remains by far and wide the most frequently-filed charge with the EEOC and 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. It’s important to note that many claims, such as discrimination and retaliation share significant overlap.

Sex 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

Disability Discrimination: After sex or gender discrimination, disability discrimination ranks third in the most number of charges files with the EEOC, totaling approximately 24,605 charges of discrimination filed with the EEOC.

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

Race Discrimination: 24,600 (32.2 percent)

Age Discrimination: 16,911 (22.1%)

National Origin Discrimination: 7,106 (9.3 percent)

Color: 3,166 (4.1 percent)

Religion Discrimination: 2,859 (3.7 percent)

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

Genetic Information: 220 (.3 percent)