Discrimination Complaints:

Monetary Awards in Federal EEO Cases

GGD-95-28FS: Published: Jan 3, 1995. Publicly Released: Jan 3, 1995.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on payments made to federal employees and their attorneys resulting from employment discrimination complaints in fiscal years (FY) 1989 through 1994.

GAO found that: (1) since fiscal year 1989, federal agencies and the Judgment Fund have paid at least $89.4 million to federal employees and their attorneys to settle employment discrimination complaints; (2) federal agencies paid about $30.6 million of that amount in FY 1993 and 1994; (3) most of the payments consisted of back pay to federal employees, but at least $30.5 million was for attorney fees and costs; and (4) federal agencies paid about $8.7 million in attorneys' fees and costs in FY 1993 and 1994.

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