The EEOC released detailed breakdowns for 76,418 charges of workplace discrimination received by the agency in fiscal year 2018. In short, 90,558 charges of discrimination were resolved and $505 million dollars were secured for victims in the private sector, state and local government, and federal workplaces.

Since federal discrimination laws apply to employers with just 15 or more employees, those dollars weren’t just paid by big business. They were paid by businesses, big or small, because of ill-informed and/or non-compliant owners and managers.

The FY 2018 data show retaliation continued to be the most frequently filed charge, followed by sex, disability and race. A 13.6% increase was reported in the number of sexual harassment cases filed, compared to 2017.

As always, we recommend all employers become familiar and compliant with federal and state regulations. And if you are subscribed to our HR tools and services, you can simply log in, click on “Compliance” and search for “An Overview of Federal Discrimination Laws,” to get started.