EEOC Releases Enforcement and Litigation Data for Fiscal Year 1-23-17

Bruce’s Summary: In reference to the EEOC Commission Report for Fiscal Year 2016, the authors do a good job of presenting the key highlights outlined in the report. One key element discussed by the authors is the overall numbers for total “number of charges” being only slightly higher than the numbers in 2015 and 2014. Shown also is the LGBT-related statistics now followed by the EEOC showing a consistent increase in charges. Another number is the litigation statistics for FY2016 which show the total number of lawsuits being significantly down.

One number within the EEOC’s report that I feel somehow seems to get lost is the number and percentage found under the “No Reasonable Cause” section. There’s an old saying I like to use during regulatory training sessions in reference to this section, “If you aren’t talking to your employees, someone else is” and I feel that this section says it loud and clear.

The “All Statutes” Report total number for FY2016 was 91,503 claims and of that number 65,882 (67.7%) were found to have “No Reasonable Cause”. When communication lines break down within an organization, regardless of size, and employees feel that they are no longer being heard internally, they will talk turn to someone outside the organization whether in the legal and/or government field. I feel the data above shows that most employees want to be heard. With the honor of building and sustaining partnerships falling on HR, right or wrong its HR’s role to ensure communication lines are open between both HR and their employees and HR and the management team. No one said it was easy. We are as HR Professionals supposed to be representing both parties. We need to do more of that. “None of the information contained herein should be construed as legal advice, nor are Calvin Associates consultants engaged to offer legal advice. If there is a need for legal advice, please contact and seek the advice of independent legal counsel.”

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