Written By Digital Content Editor Thomas Ahearn
On March 13, 2023, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – which enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Annual Performance Report (APR) that “highlights the EEOC’s efforts during a time of increasing demand,” according to an EEOC press release.
In pursuit of its mission to advance equal employment opportunity (EEO), the EEOC focused on several major areas during FY 2022, including addressing systemic discrimination, advancing racial justice in the workplace, enforcing pay equity, and addressing the use of artificial intelligence in employment decisions.
The EEOC marked several significant accomplishments in FY 2022. The agency obtained more than $513 million in monetary benefits for victims of discrimination, resolved over 65,000 charges of discrimination, and conducted more than 3,000 free outreach events reaching almost 220,000 individuals.
At the same time, the EEOC managed an increased demand for services from the public as the nation emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic. In FY 2022, the agency received 73,485 new discrimination charges, which represents an increase of almost 20 percent when compared to the previous fiscal year.
In conjunction with the release of the APR, the EEOC also released its Office of General Counsel (OGC) Annual Report for FY 2022 describing the agency’s litigation achievements. In FY 2022, the EEOC filed 91 employment discrimination lawsuits while resolving 96 employment discrimination lawsuits.
“The EEOC was created as a result of a strong national commitment to civil rights and continues to prove that the causes of justice and equality are greater than hatred, division, and bigotry,” EEOC Chair Charlotte A. Burrows stated in the press release. “That legacy and our work are critically important to the American people.”
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