The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently reported its annual winnings for victims of workplace discrimination for the 2011 Fiscal Year. This year, the EEOC recovered a record $365 million for victims of workplace bias through administrative enforcement. The EEOC also recovered an additional $91 million dollars for victims of workplace discrimination this year through merit-based lawsuits.
The EEOC is a federal agency that investigates charges of workplace discrimination and assists victims in bringing lawsuits against employers under certain factual circumstances. The EEOC enforces federal anti-discrimination laws and plays a critical role in the success of an employment discrimination lawsuit.
After someone believes he or she has been discriminated against by an employer on the basis of sex, race, religion, age, national origin, or disability, the next step in brining a lawsuit against an employer is to file a charge with the EEOC. The EEOC will then investigate the claims and determine whether the alleged discrimination is in violation of federal law.
An experienced attorney can assist an individual in analyzing an individual’s legal claims and working through the EEOC’s myriad of administrative procedures.
The EEOC’s record earnings reveal that litigation is not the exclusive means by which victims of workplace discrimination can obtain compensation for their injuries. Victims of workplace discrimination may also successfully employ the EEOC’s administrative enforcement procedures to recover fair compensation from employers for past discrimination.
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