Employers should be conscious of the EEOC’s updated commitment to prohibit employment discrimination. From the report, it appears the agency intends to choose cases more strategically and then pursue them more aggressively.
New York, New York (PRWEB) November 29, 2012
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released its FY 2012 Performance and Accountability Report. According to the report, the EEOC finished fiscal year 2012 with the highest ever monetary recovery for victims of discrimination. This report highlights the importance for employers to maintain a workplace free of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Employers must also provide equal employment opportunities for employees, said New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman.
Of the $365.4 million record recovery, approximately $36 million was obtained through settlements or conciliation agreements. A total of $44.2 million in monetary benefits were obtained through litigation. Twenty percent of the EEOC's litigation cases were systemic cases, said the report.
“Employers should be conscious of the EEOC’s updated commitment to prohibit employment discrimination. From the report, it appears the agency intends to choose cases more strategically and then pursue them more aggressively,” said Perecman.
This is the first performance report compiled under the standards of the EEOC's new Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan has three objectives: strategic law enforcement, education and outreach, and efficiently serving the public.
In the report, the EEOC made it clear that it will continue to emphasize the need to address discrimination against vulnerable and migrant workers, extend outreach to underserved geographic areas and communities, increase the employment of individuals with disabilities, eradicate systematic patterns of hiring and promotion discrimination, and advocate for equal pay in the workplace.
The report also shows the agency’s interest in inflexible leave polices under the Americans with Disabilities Act, discriminatory benefits policies under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, policies that discriminate against pregnant employees and restrictive language policies that discriminate based on national origin.
“Employers must take responsibility for enforcing policies against employment discrimination, any type of harassment, and retaliation. Prevention is the best policy. However, if harassment does occur, employers must take the right steps to address the unlawful discrimination in the workplace,” said Perecman.
The EEOC FY 2012 report details activities from October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012.
Individuals who believe they have been victims of a New York civil rights violation including harassment or discrimination in the workplace can contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York civil rights violation, medical malpractice, construction accident, and auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of cases including harassment and discrimination in New York. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
"Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome."