In the 2015 fiscal year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 89,385 charges of workplace discrimination. Retaliation claims were the top concern raised in fiscal 2015, and charges of retaliation increased almost 5 percent from 2014 to 44.5 percent of all claims. In addition, disability charges were up 6 percent in 2015, and it was the third-leading charge during that year with 30.2 percent of all claims. The 2015 fiscal year began on Oct. 1, 2014, and it ended on Sept. 30, 2015.
Other issues that were among the top 10 most common charges received by the EEOC were discrimination claims based on race and sex. Discrimination claims based on race made up 34.7 percent of all charges while claims based on sex made up 29.5 percent of all claims in fiscal 2015.
The EEOC filed 142 merits lawsuits, which was up from 133 in 2014. Many of the lawsuits alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or the Americans with Disabilities Act. It resolved 155 existing lawsuits that same year and also resolved 92,641 charges of workplace discrimination while collecting $525 million for victims of discrimination. Money was collected from both private sector employers as well as state and local government employers.
Workers who feel as if they have been discriminated against due to sexual orientation or any other protected status may wish to consult with an attorney in order to determine the recourse available. Discrimination may include unwanted sexual advances, jokes made about the employee or being denied a promotion or raise based on how an individual looks.