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EEOC netted $525 million for bias victims in FY2015

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The EEOC achieved record results in its enforcement efforts during fiscal year 2015, which ended Sept. 30.

The commission secured more than $525 million for victims of discrimination by private-sector and government employers. That included $356.6 million achieved through mediation, conciliation and settlements on behalf of employees.

The EEOC reported the FY2015 results in its annual Performance and Accountability Report, which was published Nov. 19.

The commission continued to focus on conciliation efforts that avoid taking cases to court. It resolved 44% of private-sector charges through conciliation.

Before filing lawsuits, the EEOC resolved 268 systemic investigations that involved alleged broad patterns or practices of discrimination. Voluntary conciliation in 64% of systemic investigation cases resulted in more than $33.5 million in remedies.

Cases that did go to trial resulted in $65.3 million in awards for charging parties.

The EEOC filed 142 lawsuits alleging discrimination during FY2015. That included 100 individual suits and 42 suits involving multiple victims.

Overall, the EEOC resolved 92,641 charges and received 89,385 new charges in fiscal year 2015. Both figures set annual records.

The EEOC typically waits until January to release detailed breakdowns of the number of specific charges handled, such as race, sex and age discrimination.

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