Through a recent FOI request, I was able to take a peek at the latest case statistics coming out of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. (The CHRO has since added them to the website as well.)
I’ve done these recaps in years before (here’s 2016 for example) and I think you can learn a lot not just on the latest statistics but when you compare them to prior years.
So, what do the numbers from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 show?
Well, for the first time in several years, we’ve seen a noticeable decrease in the numbers of complaints filed.
In FY 16-17, 2376 total complaints were filed, down from 2616 the prior year – a 9 percent decrease. Of course, it’s still up from FY 11-12 when just 1838 total complaints were filed.
And what about employment discrimination complaints in particular?
The report also shows a drop in the number of complaints being filed, 1936, as compared to 2160 in the prior fiscal year. That represents over a 10 percent drop. Again, however, it’s still up from FY 2012 when just 1559 employment claims were filed.
After years of marked increases, it’s nice to confirm what we have been seeing internally — that discrimination claims seems to be on the decline.
It’s difficult to know exactly why; we had seen increases the last few years at a national EEOC level too, but these new statistics from the CHRO show that the trendline up has finally broken.
Certainly the improved economy seems one factor but it’ll be interesting to see if this trend continues.
I’ll have a deeper dive into the statistics in an upcoming post.