Filing the Employer Information Report (EEO-1)


Filing the Employer Information Report (EEO-1) is mandatory for employers with 100 or more employees and for federal contractors with 50 or more employees, and the filing deadline for 2018 is coming up fast on March 31, 2019.


Make sure you are aware of the common filing errors:

1. Pulling data from the first quarter of 2019 rather than correctly pulling data from the final quarter of 2018.

2. Failing to count employees properly. The EEO-1 requires separate reports for each employer location with 50 or more employees. For an employer with multiple facilities, there must be a report for each facility and a headquarters report.

3. Failing to report that an employer has been through a merger, acquisition or spinoff, Patton said.

4. Excluding from the EEO-1 those employees who do not self-identify their race, ethnicity or gender.   Jay Patton, an attorney with Ogletree Deakins in Birmingham, Alabama said,  “The EEOC provides specific guidance for how employers are required to handle such situations, including a set process for visual identification. However, many employers omit such employees entirely,” 

5. Not accurately classifying job titles into the correct EEO-1 category. The EEOC provides definitions for and examples of jobs that fall within each category.

6. Failing to file the EEO-1 because of turnover in HR or a lack of awareness of the filing requirement, he observed.