As a business owner, you have plenty to worry about — and that’s if everything runs smoothly. Obstacles like workplace investigations can halt your production, demolish your budget, and lead you to lose customers.
Employee Discrimination Statistics
Workplace investigations can involve a number of issues, including employee discrimination or harassment, fraud, and theft. Employee discrimination is one of the most common, as employees can file lawsuits against their employers for discriminating based on sex or race, and they can also file lawsuits based on retaliation, which occurs when an employer fires an employee for complaining to them about discrimination.
In 2013, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found that retaliation was the most commonly filed claim for the 2012 fiscal year. Among this fact, they released many other statistics about employee discrimination, including:
- In the 2012 fiscal year, there were 37,836 retaliation claims, 33,512 racial discrimination claims, and 30,356 sexual discrimination claims.
- Retaliation claims accounted for 38.1% of all charges in 2012 and has been a top concern for employers since 2010.
- The EEOC recovered the most money ($365.4 million) from the private sector and state and local government employers.
- The EEOC mediation and conciliation program resolved 254 lawsuits in 2012.
The EEOC concluded their report emphasizing the importance of zero tolerance policies. If even small cases of discrimination are tolerated in the workplace, employees have enough fuel to file a claim.