The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which promotes equality and diversity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination, strongly closed out the 2017 fiscal year with 202 actions, 184 merits lawsuits, and 18 subpoena enforcement actions—nearly 100 more lawsuits than in 2016. In fact, the EEOC filed more lawsuits in the last three months of 2017 than it did during all of 2016, with 88 in September alone.
While claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) still account for most of the agency’s filings, the EEOC brought 77 cases under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) this year, making the ADA the second most active statute. Between 2015 and 2016, the EEOC’s disability charges increased by 6 percent and were the third largest category of charges filed: retaliation – 42,018 (45.9 percent); race – 32,309 (35.3 percent); disability – 28,073 (30.7 percent) (Most filings include multiple charges, explaining how the above adds up to more than 100%). It follows that now, in 2017, disability claims make up a larger portion of the EEOC’s docket.