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Monetary Payments in Federal EEO Cases

GGD-93-45R: Published: May 25, 1993. Publicly Released: May 25, 1993.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on payments that were made to federal employees and their attorneys resulting from discrimination complaint cases during fiscal years (FY) 1989 through 1992. GAO found that: (1) from FY 1989 through 1992, federal agencies paid at least $47.9 million to federal employees as the result of employee discrimination claims; (2) at least $24.4 million of the awards was for federal employees' back pay and attorney fees; (3) the Judgment Fund made $23.5 million of the awards, of which approximately half went towards federal employees' attorney fees; (4) the cost information may be unreliable due to accuracy and completeness problems and variances in the Judgment Fund's identification codes; and (5) nongovernment employee cases accounted for about 3 percent of the total discrimination claims payments in 1992.

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