May 26, 2022

Legal Research: Washington University Law School Launches Online Database With Critical Data About 2,300 EEOC Cases

From Washington University in St. Louis:

Critical data for more than 2,300 federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) cases are now available online thanks to a multi-year effort of researchers at Washington University School of Law’s Center for Empirical Research in the Law (CERL).

The EEOC Litigation Project, which spans the period between 1997 and 2006, makes readily available detailed information about the EEOC’s enforcement litigation to legal scholars, social scientists, and policy-makers.

The database is the brainchild of Pauline Kim, JD, the Charles Nagel Professor of Law; Andrew Martin, PhD, vice dean, professor of law and of political science, and CERL director; and Margo Schlanger, JD, professor of law at the University of Michigan. The project provides in-depth information about the participants, motions, events, and outcomes in the EEOC’s enforcement litigation over a 10-year period.


The EEOC Litigation Project contains all types of court decisions—published and unpublished, final and non-final, written and summary—as well as all types of outcomes—default, settlement, pretrial adjudication, and judgment after trial.

To build the database, Kim, Martin, and Schlanger obtained a list of all federal court cases brought by the EEOC on behalf of individual complainants between 1997 and 2006. They then selected a stratified random sample of cases to be included in the study and used district court docket numbers to search the federal court system’s Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) for details about each case. This data collection effort was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Law and Social Sciences division.

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