Employment Discrimination Complaints And Federal Employees
The federal government is the nation’s largest employer, and not all federal jobs are located in Washington, D.C. Many employees work for federal agencies right here in California. Federal jobs are famous for having more generous retirement and health insurance benefits than private sector jobs. Another advantage of working for a federal employer is that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is transparent about how many employment discrimination claims the federal sector has settled each year, as opposed to in the private sector, where the only way to find out how sleazy the work environment is at your prospective dream job is to wonder which rumors to believe and to hope for the best about the Silenced No More Act doing its job. No matter your line of work, the first step in an employment discrimination case is to contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Your claim is more likely to be successful if you have a Los Angeles retaliation lawyer represent you in your interactions with the EEOC.
Retaliation Is the Most Common Form of Employment Discrimination in the Federal Sector
The EEOC recently released its annual report on employment discrimination claims by federal employees. The current report covers claims filed in the 2020 fiscal year. These are some of its key findings:
- The EEOC received 14,003 complaints from federal employees and job applicants, which is fewer complaints than it received in the preceding two years. 2018 was the year in which the EEOC received the greatest number of federal sector complaints.
- In 2020, the EEOC found that 39.4 percent of the federal sector complaints it received were substantiated, meaning that it authorized plaintiffs to proceed with their cases after the initial EEOC investigation.
- The federal government paid $70 million in settlements to former federal employees and job applicants who filed discrimination claims. More than 90 percent of these settlements were paid at the complaint stage.
- The most common type of discrimination cited in complaints from federal employees and job applicants was employer retaliation, which accounted for more than half of the complaints. Discrimination based on age and on disability each accounted for more than 4,000 complaints, and discrimination based on race or sex each accounted for more than 3,000 complaints. The reason that these numbers add up to more than 14,003 is that some plaintiffs alleged more than one type of discrimination.
In other words, filing a preliminary complaint with the EEOC is by no means a guarantee that you will receive a settlement for your employment discrimination claim. Contacting an employment discrimination lawyer as early in the process as possible is the best way to maximize your chances of recovering compensation on your claim.
Speak With a Los Angeles Employer Retaliation Lawyer
A Los Angeles employer retaliation lawyer can help you with your preliminary EEOC complaint and other aspects of your employment discrimination or employer retaliation case. Contact Obagi Law Group, P.C. in Los Angeles, California to discuss your situation or call 424-284-2401.