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Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) Charges
FY 1992 - FY 1996

The following chart represents the total number of charge receipts filed and resolved under the ADEA.

Receipts include all charges filed under the ADEA as well as those filed concurrently under Title VII, ADA, and/or EPA. Therefore, the sum of receipts for all statutes will exceed total charges received.

The data are compiled by the Office of Research, Information, and Planning from EEOC's Charge Data System - quarterly reconciled Data Summary Reports.

  FY 1992 FY 1993 FY 1994 FY 1995 FY 1996
Receipts 19,573 19,809 19,618 17,416 15,719
Resolutions 19,975 19,761 13,942 17,033 17,699
Resolutions By Type          
Settlements 963 774 585 571 452
  4.8%
 
3.9%
 
4.2%
 
3.4%
 
2.6%
 
Withdrawals w/Benefits 1,537 1,197 990 856 671
  7.7%
 
6.1%
 
7.1%
 
5.0%
 
3.8%
 
Administrative Closures 4,957 5,556 5,021 6,571 5,028
  24.8%
 
28.1%
 
36.0%
 
38.6%
 
28.4%
 
No Reasonable Cause 12,075 11,481 6,872 8,309 11,081
  60.5%
 
58.1%
 
49.3%
 
48.8%
 
62.6%
 
Reasonable Cause 443 753 474 726 467
  2.2%
 
3.8%
 
3.4%
 
4.3%
 
2.6%
 
Successful Conciliations 121 147 97 52 96
  0.6%
 
0.7%
 
0.7%
 
0.3%
 
0.5%
 
Unsuccessful Conciliations 322 606 377 674 371
  1.6%
 
3.1%
 
2.7%
 
4.0%
 
2.1%
 
Merit Resolutions 2,943 2,724 2,049 2,153 1,590
  14.7%
 
13.8%
 
14.7%
 
12.6%
 
9.0%
 
Monetary Benefits (Millions)* $57.3 $40.7 $42.3 $29.4 $31.5

* Does not include monetary benefits obtained through litigation.

The total of individual percentages may not always sum to 100% due to rounding.

EEOC total workload includes charges carried over from previous fiscal years, new charge receipts and charges transferred to EEOC from Fair Employment Practice Agencies (FEPAs). Resolution of charges each year may therefore exceed receipts for that year because workload being resolved is drawn from a combination of pending, new receipts and FEPA transfer charges rather than from new charges only.

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