The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

Permanent Workforce: 15,436 Temporary Workforce: 377 Total Workforce: 15,814

Workforce Composition

Employee Pool Total # Men Women Hispanics Whites Blacks Asian Americans / Pacific Islanders American Indians / Alaskan Natives
Permanent Workforce 15,436 49.64% 50.36% 6.96% 64.47% 23.61% 4.23% 0.7%
Major Occupations                
Economist 1,331 63.86% 36.14% 3.23% 80.02% 12.25% 4.28% 0.23%
Industrial Hygiene 500 61% 39% 6.6% 77.4% 11.6% 4% 0.4%
Auditing 222 63.96% 36.04% 4.5% 58.11% 27.03% 9.91% 0.45%
GS-14 and GS-15* 2,353 60.48% 39.52% 4.59% 77.22% 14.28% 3.19% 0.72%
Senior Pay Level* 250 70.8% 29.2% 4.4% 83.2% 9.2% 2.8% 0.4%
First-Level Officials/Managers 93 24.73% 75.27% 5.38% 56.99% 39.78% 1.08% 0%
Mid-Level Officials/Managers 1,640 65.79% 34.21% 6.22% 74.57% 16.04% 2.13% 1.04%
Senior Level Officials/Managers 886 65.35% 34.65% 3.72% 83.52% 13.88% 1.92% 0.34%

*Does not include pay-banded employees

Targeted Disabilities

Employees with targeted disabilities represented 0.99% of the total government workforce in FY 2004, and of agencies with a permanent workforce of 500 or more, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, at 2.23%, had the highest percentage of employees with targeted disabilities. At DOL, employees with targeted disabilities represented 1.3% of the total workforce.

EEO Complaint Processing

  1. Counseling

    There were 221 instances of pre-complaint counseling (performed by EEO counselors and/or ADR intake officers). DOL timely processed 93.2% of the total number of counselings. Following counseling, 160 formal complaints of discrimination were filed.

  2. Alternative Dispute Resolution

    Of DOL's 221 instances of counseling, ADR was offered 100% of the time; the parties elected to participate in 10.9% of the completed counselings; and 36.4% of the ADR closures were resolved through settlements or withdrawals.

    At the formal complaint phase, DOL offered ADR 29.1% of the time; the parties elected to participate in 12.9% of the complaint workload; and 87.7% of the ADR closures were resolved through settlements or withdrawals.

  3. Processing Times

    DOL completed 21% of its investigations within the regulatory time frames, with an average processing time of 300 days for all investigations. In most instances, the

    regulations require completion of investigations within 180 days. Of the agencies completing 25 or more investigations, the Tennessee Valley Authority was the only agency to complete 100% of their investigations within the regulatory time frames, with an average processing time of 117 days.

    DOL's average processing time for all complaint closures increased from 775 days in FY 2003 to 894 days in FY 2004. The government-wide average was 469 days.

  4. Pending Inventory

    DOL had a total of 241 complaints pending at the end of FY 2004, with 14 pending acknowledgment for an average of 17 days; 108 pending investigation for an average of 215 days; and 14 pending the issuance of final decisions for an average of 502 days.

  5. Costs

    DOL agreed to pay $16,762 for 4 counseling settlements with benefits, an average $4,190.50 per counseling settled.

    DOL agreed to pay a total of $408,169 for 42 complaint closures through settlement agreement, final agency decision, and final agency orders fully implementing AJ decisions. For complaint closures with benefits, the average award (including back/front pay, compensatory damages, attorney's fees, and lump sum payments) was $9,718.

    DOL expended a total of $192,283 for 70 complaint investigations, for an average expenditure of $2,747.

Outcome of Counselings Completed in FY 2004

Counseling Outcomes Completed by EEO Counselor Completed Using ADR All Completed Counselings
# % # % # %
Total Instances of Counseling: 188   33   221  
Settlements 0 0.00% 4 12.12% 4 1.81%
Withdrawal/no Complaint Filed 46 24.4% 8 24.2% 54 24.43%
Complaints Filed*         153 69.23%
Decision to File Complaint Pending at End of Fiscal Year         10 4.52%

*Includes only complaints filed in FY 2004 where counseling was also completed during FY 2004.

Agency Use of ADR for EEO Dispute Resolution

Counselings / Complaints ADR Offers ADR Participation
# # % # %
FY 2003 Pre-Complaint Counselings 229 238 100.00% 57 25.00%
FY 2004 Pre-Complaint Counselings 221 241 100.00% 24 10.86%
Percentage Change FY 2003 to FY 2004 -3.49% 1.26%   -57.89%  
FY 2003 Complaints* 473 136 29.00% 30 6.00%
FY 2004 Complaints* 443 129 29.12% 57 12.87%
Percentage Change FY 2003 to FY 2004 -6.34% -5.14%   90.00%  

*Includes all complaints filed in the fiscal year, including those where the counseling was completed in the prior fiscal year.

Timeliness

Total # # Timely % Timely FY 2003 APD* FY 2004 APD % Change
All Counselings (minus remands) 221 206 93.21%      
All Investigations 70 15 21.42% 294 300 2.04%
Merit Decisions (no AJ) 31 2 6.45% 969 1,187 22.49%
Dismissal Decisions 62     366 373 1.91%

*APD = Average Processing Days

Outcomes of Complaints Closed in FY 2004

Complaint Outcomes Complaint Closures Final Agency Decision (no AJ decision) Final Order (AJ Decision Fully Implemented) Final Order (AJ Decision Not Fully Implemented)
Total Closures (202) # % # % # % # %
Settlements 39 19.30%            
Withdrawals 11 5.44%            
Dismissals 62 30.69%            
Merit Decisions 90 44.55%            
Finding Discrimination 3 3.33% 2 66.66% 1 33.33% 0 0.00%
Finding No Discrimination 87 96.66% 29 33.33% 58 66.66% 0 0.00%


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