The Equal Employment Opportunities Commission was put in place to help American workers and employees to seek redress and appropriate compensation in instances when they are unlawfully discriminated against at work.
In as much as most of the employment discrimination cases are generally solved with out-of-court mediation and settlements, some do end up to trial.
The success rate of the cases in most instances is relatively high, but the figures vary considerably depending on the state and the nature of the specific cases.
For the year 2016, the average success rate of the EEOC cases was 76% for the mediated cases and 90.6% for the litigated cases. From this data alone, it is evident that litigated cases have a higher success rate compared to the ones resolved out of court.
According to the data availed by the EEOC, a total of 97, 443 employment discrimination cases were solved in 2016. This resulted in over $482 million in compensation for the victims of discrimination at work.
Of all the discrimination cases, the majority were retaliation cases at 46%, followed by racial discrimination cases at 35%. The other types of discrimination cases included disability, sex, and age discrimination complaints.