Federal agencies are increasingly in the wrong when they dismiss discrimination charges, a report released on Monday found.
On average, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has reversed one-third of all cases dismissed between fiscal years 2008 and 2012 by an agency without an investigation or hearing. The reversal rate has increased significantly in that time period, with the rate most recently standing at 45 percent. The fiscal 2012 figure is up 15 percentage points from fiscal 2008.
Of the 1,548 dismissal appeals EEOC received in fiscal 2012, nearly 700 were remanded back to the agency.
The U.S. Postal Service and the Army have maintained one of the five highest reversal rates of any agency across government for each of the last three years. The departments of Agriculture, Justice and Veterans Affairs were also among the worst offenders in fiscal 2012.