The Info on Workplace Discrimination in the U.S.

Fight Workplace Discrimination The Info on Workplace Discrimination in the U.S.

The Problem That Refuses To Go Away—Workplace Discrimination in the U.S.

Workplace discrimination in the U.S. is still widespread, but recent headlines around Black Lives Matter and the Me Too movement have at least raised awareness of the issue.

If you are concerned about—or are experiencing—workplace discrimination, DoNotPay has all the info you need to fight back.

How Big a Problem Is Workplace Discrimination in the United States?

The Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) is the government body tasked with enforcing federal anti-discrimination laws.

Every year, the EEOC publishes statistics on the charges of discrimination it has received and resolved—the numbers for the last four years are as follows:

DetailsFY 2017FY 2018FY 2019FY 2020
Total charges84,25476,41872,67567,448
Total cases20121715797
Total resolutions125156180176
Total compensation in $ millions42.453.639.1106.1

Employment discrimination cases that are formally filed as complaints with the EEOC may be the tip of the iceberg, though, with many more cases going unreported due to:

  • Fear of retaliation
  • Cultural norms
  • Shame of being a victim
  • Lack of trust in the legal system

What Protection Does the Law Offer Against Discrimination in U.S. Companies?

Federal laws prohibit discrimination in the workplace based on:

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other associated laws define discriminatory behavior as being:

  1. De jure discrimination
  2. De facto discrimination
  3. Harassment
  4. Wage discrimination
  5. Retaliation

De Jure Discrimination

This refers to any deliberate policy or procedure in a company that discriminates against an individual or group. Examples of de jure discrimination are:

  • Deliberately stipulating that an open position requires a male candidate
  • Enforcing maternity leave for pregnant employees
  • Refusing to promote physically disabled employees to client-facing roles

De Facto Discrimination

De facto discrimination means allowing discrimination to take place in a company despite anti-discrimination policies being in force. Examples of discrimination of this type would be:

  • Using stereotypes to screen applicants for open positions
  • Claiming equality for disabled employees but failing to provide wheelchair access to some parts of the company
  • Using confidential or private information about employees to make decisions on their job responsibilities


Inappropriate jokes, jibes, and comments can fall under this category of discrimination, which can take the form of sexual, verbal, email, or cyber harassment.

Wage Discrimination

The Equal Pay Act of 1963 states that everybody must be paid the same for doing the same work.


Employers are not allowed to retaliate in any way against employees who complain about discrimination in the workplace.

What Are the Most Common Forms of Discrimination?

According to the EEOC’s statistics, the different types of discrimination have ranked as follows in the last several years:

Discrimination Type2017201820192020
Retaliation—All Statutes41,09739,46939,11037,632
Retaliation—Title VII only32,02330,55630,11727,997
National origin8,2997,1067,0096,377
Equal Pay Act9961,0661,117980
Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act206220209440
Total cases*84,25476,41872,67567,448

*The total number reflects cases filed under multiple laws.

Retaliation against employees who have complained of discrimination ranks as the most common reason for a complaint, but disability, race, and gender discrimination all figure highly.

What Can You Do About Workplace Discrimination?

If you are being discriminated against at work, you should first try to resolve the matter internally by:

  • Keeping a diary of all discrimination incidents
  • Notifying HR in writing
  • Identifying witnesses who will corroborate your allegations

If this has no effect, you can escalate your complaint by filing a charge of discrimination with the EEOC.

The EEOC will help you by:

  • Investigating your allegations with your employer
  • Suggesting mediation if a settlement can be reached by that route
  • Launching legal action against your employer if your case is sound and they refuse to settle
  • Giving you written permission to commence legal proceedings

You cannot contact a discrimination lawyer to start legal action against your employer without first going through the EEOC, so filing your charge is a priority—this is where DoNotPay can help you!

How Can DoNotPay Help You With Workplace Discrimination?

DoNotPay is a proven expert at helping you through complex legal requirements—filing a charge with the EEOC is no exception!

We can help you lodge your complaint in a few clicks—here’s what you need to do:

  1. Sign up with DoNotPay in your web browser
  2. Search for our Fight Workplace Discrimination feature
  3. Fill in the details of your complaint

DoNotPay will handle the rest. Once it has received your charge, your nearest EEOC field office will contact you to discuss your next steps.

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