What Is The Average Settlement Amount For An EEOC Claim?

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If you are wondering what is the average EEOC settlement amount then you have come to the correct place.

The U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is a federal agency that is tasked with the administration and enforcement of civil rights laws against workplace discrimination. They are mostly involved with wrongful termination suits.

When a case has been completed, and an award has been provided, the aggrieved party must determine if this is worth settling the case for or if additional monetary support is needed. In many instances where these claims arise, the plaintiff is unemployed and must seek work elsewhere. This may also cause additional complications when there is are no references in finding new employment. As such, financial assistance is required, and the settlement offer may not be enough.

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Types Of Employment Claims

The EEOC investigates numerous complaints. The following are the most common types of cases handled by the EEOC:

  • Discrimination (based on race, gender, nationality, religion, age, disability, etc.)
  • Sexual harassment
  • Whistleblowing
  • Disabilities
  • Breach of Contract
  • Invasion of Privacy
  • Negligent Hiring, Promotion, Supervision, and Retention
  • Emotional and Mental Distress
  • Retaliatory Actions

Cost Of Employee Claims

Employees can be awarded punitive damages and other non-pay-based relief in addition to damages of lost compensation. An average out of court settlement is about $40,000. Also, 10 percent of wrongful termination and discrimination cases result in a 1 million dollar settlement. Sixty-seven percent of most cases are ruled in the plaintiff’s favor when taken to litigation.

Also, litigation costs are on the rise. In 2008, the mean cost of litigation was $115 million, an increase of 73 percent from $66 million in 2000. This marks an average increase of 9 percent each year.

Examples Of EEOC Cases

The following are a few of the notable cases handled by the EEOC

  • A jury awarded $200,000 in punitive damages to three former employees of AA Foundries in a racial harassment lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
  • Over $1.4 million awarded by a jury to two employees of Seattle City Light in a hostile work environment lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
  • $250,000 in damages and back pay was awarded to a former manager of Benny Boyd Ltd in a disability lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
  • A former employee of Swissôtel Employment Services L.L.C. and Swissôtel Chicago, Inc. was awarded $90,000 in monetary damages and injunctive relief in a hostile work environment lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
  • A disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a floor attendant of Luby’s Inc. resulted in settlement of $90,000 in monetary damages and injunctive relief as well as $60,000 in attorney’s fees.
  • A hostile work environment lawsuit filed against the U.S. Postal Service resulted in settlement of $45,000 and $75,000 in non-pecuniary compensation damages for each of the seven employees involved in the lawsuit.


Given the technical nature of employment discrimination, not having employment lawyers when filing a claim will make prosecution difficult. It is important to have an employment lawyer working with your EEOC complaint to ensure your claim is strong and your opportunity to recover from the harm caused by your employer is not limited.

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