From the article:
Each year, the EEOC and its state and local partner agencies close more than 100,000 cases — but workers receive some form of assistance, such as money or a change in work conditions, only 18 percent of the time. Employees seeking help are even less likely to get it now than when Law went to the agency.
No group of workers alleging discrimination — age, gender, disability, or otherwise — fares well. Race claims, however, are among the most commonly filed and have the lowest rate of success, with just 15 percent receiving some form of relief, often compensation.
Source: Workplace discrimination is illegal, yet it persists. Here’s why. – Vox
This is not shocking. When you complain to HR, they were there to protect the company, not you. When you file a discrimination case, it is very unlikely it will go through, unless it’s so egregious that they can’t do anything else.
I worked for an agency in the DoD, and filed a discrimination case against a woman who waited until I went out for surgery related to my being transgender. She sent emails to my other supervisors stating I was “crazy” because the surgery was going to make me crazy. She talked to my audit client that we work for, outing me and telling them I was not to be trusted for my work. (They didn’t believe her because I do good work.)
I called the Federal number, and filed, and the guy on the phone literally spent an hour telling me he could not help me, and would find nothing on this if I pursued it. I tried in house, and my investigator was a super conservative Mormon guy who literally told me if she didn’t say one of ten phrases on his list, it wasn’t harassment or discrimination.
I left, because fuck that. I don’t have to work in that kind of toxic discriminatory sludge pile of shit.
I have heard of so many folks encountering the same across the board in the US. This article does a good job of illustrating this.