This month, the federal government’s antidiscrimination watchdog released enforcement statistics as well as a detailed roadmap for pursuing claims, giving employers both a detailed look at how the agency has recently operated and how it plans to in the near future.
Early each calendar year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission publishes a breakdown of the number of charges it received the previous fiscal year in 10 discrimination categories. This state-by-state data the EEOC released earlier this month is more detailed than the national volume of charge receipts the commission reported in November, which showed the largest year-to-year drop in discrimination charges in two decades.
In fiscal year 2017, the EEOC received the lowest number of charges since FY 2007. The 84,254 new charges filed across the commission’s offices was outweighed by the 99,109 charges it resolved that year, and the EEOC appears to be making significant headway in reducing its backlog.
Colorado saw a drop in total charges consistent with the national trend, with 1,688 filed in the state in FY 2017 compared with 1,994 in FY 2016. In both years, Colorado made up roughly 2 percent of the U.S. total, a consistent figure for the state since FY 2008.