In 2012 the EEOC received 99,412 private sector workplace discrimination and/or harassment complaints. This is slightly less than in 2011, when the EEOC received 99,947 discrimination and/or harassment complaints.
The most frequently filed discrimination complaints during 2012 were retaliation (38.1%), race discrimination (33.7%), and sex discrimination (30.5%), which includes sexual harassment as well as pregnancy discrimination. Many of the EEOC complaints contain multiple claims, such as a complaint of racial harassment and retaliation.
In 2012, the EEOC obtained $365.4 million in monetary recovery on behalf of the current and former employees who alleged workplace discrimination and/or harassment. This is the largest annual monetary recovery amount that the EEOC has reported to date.
In fiscal year 2012, the EEOC filed 122 lawsuits against private sector and state and local government employers, including 86 individual suits, 26 multiple-victim suits (with fewer than 20 victims) and 10 systemic suits.