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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission secured more than $482.1 million for victims of discrimination in private, state and local government and federal workplaces during fiscal year 2016, which ended Sept. 30.
However, this was an 8.2% decrease from the $525 million it reported for its 2015 report, the agency said Wednesday in a statement announcing the release of its annual Performance and Accountability Report.
Asked to explain the decrease, the EEOC said in a statement: “We expect that there will always be fluctuations in monetary recovery. Historically, this has been the case. Part of the reason is that every enforcement action has a unique set of facts, and therefore monetary recovery will be different. Moreover, in some years there are charges or litigation that settle for larger amounts that significantly impact the amount we recover. For example, in fiscal year 2004, EEOC and Morgan Stanley settled a sex discrimination lawsuit for $54 million, which significantly increased the amount of recovery for that year.”
The agency said the $482.1 million includes $347.9 million for victims of employment discrimination in private-sector and state and local government workspaces through mediation, conciliation and settlements; $52.2 million recovered through agency litigation for workers harmed by discrimination practices; and $82 million for federal employees and applicants.
“Importantly, in each of these categories, the agency obtained substantial changes to discriminatory practices to remedy violations of equal employment opportunity laws and prevent future discriminatory conduct,” the EEOC said in its statement.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has reached a $125,000 settlement with a home care services firm for allegedly illegally asking applicants and employees for their family’s medical histories.