Retaliation complaints submitted to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) increased by nearly five percent in 2015 to a full 45 percent of total submissions, and the issue continues to be the leading concern raised by workers across the country. The EEOC recently released a statistical breakdown of the 89,385 charges of workplace discrimination that it received in fiscal year 2015. The agency said that it resolved 92,641 charges in fiscal year 2015, and secured more than $525 million for victims of discrimination in private sector and state and local government workplaces through voluntary resolutions and litigation. The agency is currently seeking public input on its proposed update of enforcement guidance addressing retaliation “as part of its commitment to inform the public about the EEOC’s interpretation of the law and promote voluntary compliance.”
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