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Retaliation charges accounted for the largest number of charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in fiscal year 2017 for the seventh consecutive year, according to enforcement and litigation statistics released by the agency Thursday.
But the overall number of charges filed declined by 7.9%.
There were 41,097 retaliation charges, or 48.8% of the total of 84,254 charges, filed in fiscal year 2017, which ended Sept. 30, according to the EEOC.
Retaliation charges have topped the list of charge categories since 2010. This total was a slight decline from fiscal year 2016, when 42,018 retaliation charges, or 45.9% of the total, were filed with the agency.
The total of 84,254 charges was a decline from fiscal year 2016’s 91,503.
The agency reported it had secured $398 million for victims in the private sector and state and local government workplaces through voluntary resolutions and litigation and resolved 99,109 charges.
This compares with fiscal year 2016, when it resolved 97,443 charges and secured more than $482 million for discrimination victims.
Following retaliation, race was the second most frequent charge filed with the agency in fiscal year 2017, at 28,528, or 33.9% of the total. This was followed by disability, 26,838, or 31.9% of the total; sex, 25,605, or 30.4% and age, 18,376, or 21.8%.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which is likely to soon have a 3-2 Republican majority, is expected to change its processes and policies to reflect a more pro-business stance under the Trump administration, experts say.