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Equal Pay Act Charges
(includes concurrent charges with Title VII, ADEA, and ADA)
FY 1997 - FY 2013

The following charts represent the total number of charges filed and resolved under the EPA. The data are compiled by the Office of Research, Information, and Planning from data reported via the quarterly reconciled Data Summary Reports and compiled from EEOC's Charge Data System and, from FY 2004 forward, EEOC's Integrated Mission System.

  FY 1997 FY 1998 FY 1999 FY 2000 FY 2001 FY 2002 FY 2003 FY 2004 FY 2005 FY 2006 FY 2007 FY 2008 FY 2009 FY 2010 FY 2011 FY 2012 FY 2013
Receipts 1,134 1,071 1,044 1,270 1,251 1,256 1,167 1,011 970 861 818 954 942 1,044 919 1,082 1,019
Resolutions 1,172 1,134 1,026 1,235 1,158 1,182 1,071 996 889 748 796 828 991 1,083 1,101 1,139 1,063
Resolutions By Type                                  
Settlements 71 71 89 80 96 117 124 109 101 88 98 88 91 118 126 130 89
  6.1% 6.3% 8.7% 6.5% 8.3% 9.9% 11.6% 10.9% 11.4% 11.8% 12.3% 10.6% 9.2% 10.9% 11.4% 11.4% 8.4%
Withdrawals w/Benefits 54 49 58 70 62 73 44 65 44 38 60 69 56 90 75 66 60
  4.6% 4.3% 5.7% 5.7% 5.4% 6.2% 4.1% 6.5% 4.9% 5.1% 7.5% 8.3% 5.7% 8.3% 6.8% 5.8% 5.6%
Administrative Closures 302 327 226 250 201 210 178 166 147 113 132 142 277 203 185 186 246
  25.8% 28.8% 22.0% 20.2% 17.4% 17.8% 16.6% 16.7% 16.5% 15.1% 16.6% 17.1% 28.0% 18.7% 16.8% 16.3% 23.1%
No Reasonable Cause 697 616 565 716 679 682 613 573 521 463 445 464 521 614 659 673 605
  59.5% 54.3% 55.1% 58.0% 58.6% 57.7% 57.2% 57.5% 58.6% 61.9% 55.9% 56.0% 52.6% 56.7% 59.9% 59.1% 56.9%
Reasonable Cause 48 71 88 119 120 100 112 83 76 47 61 65 46 58 56 84 63
  4.1% 6.3% 8.6% 9.6% 10.4% 8.5% 10.5% 8.3% 8.5% 6.3% 7.7% 7.9% 4.6% 5.4% 5.1% 7.4% 5.9%
Successful Conciliations 14 15 15 45 37 23 29 24 23 16 28 26 18 25 29 33 20
  1.2% 1.3% 1.5% 3.6% 3.2% 1.9% 2.7% 2.4% 2.6% 2.1% 3.5% 3.1% 1.8% 2.3% 2.6% 2.9% 1.9%
Unsuccessful Conciliations 34 56 73 74 83 77 83 59 53 31 33 39 28 33 27 51 43
  2.9% 5.0% 7.1% 6.0% 7.2% 6.5% 7.7% 5.9% 6.0% 4.1% 4.1% 4.7% 2.8% 3.0% 2.5% 4.5% 4.0%
Merit Resolutions 173 191 235 269 278 290 280 257 221 173 219 222 193 266 257 280 212
  14.8% 16.8% 22.9% 21.8% 24.0% 24.5% 26.1% 25.8% 24.9% 23.1% 27.5% 26.8% 19.5% 24.6% 23.3% 24.6% 19.9%
Monetary Benefits (Millions)* $2.4 $2.7 $2.9 $3.6 $5.1 $10.3 $3.4 $6.4 $3.1 $3.1 $9.3 $9.6 $4.8 $12.6 $23.0 $9.9 $5.0

Data compiled by the Office of Research, Information and Planning from EEOC's Charge Data System and from FY 2004 forward, the Integrated Mission System - quarterly reconciled Data Summary Reports.

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

Receipts include all charges filed under EPA as well as those filed concurrently under the TVII, ADA, and/or ADEA. Therefore, the sum of receipts for all statutes will exceed total charges received. EEOC total workload includes charges carried over from previous fiscal years, new charge receipts and charges transferred to EEOC from Fair Employment Practices 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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