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Harassment Charges
EEOC & FEPAs Combined: FY 1997 - FY 2011

The following chart represents the total number of charge receipts filed and resolved alleging harassment as an issue.

The data in the harassment table reflect charges filed with EEOC and the state and local Fair Employment Practices agencies around the country that have a work sharing agreement with the Commission.

The data are compiled by the Office of Research, Information and Planning from data 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
Receipts 23,047 23,062 22,854 24,239 24,385 25,678 25,240 22,910 23,192 23,034 27,112 32,535 30,641 30,989 30,512
Resolutions 24,429 25,280 25,118 24,918 24,702 25,202 25,243 23,986 22,263 22,408 22,572 25,910 28,100 32,053 33,956
Resolutions By Type                              
Settlements 1,459 1,730 1,919 2,232 2,210 2,591 2,750 2,421 2,308 2,476 2,458 2,812 2,754 2,761 2,878
  6.0% 6.8% 7.6% 9.0% 8.9% 10.3% 10.9% 10.1% 10.4% 11.0% 10.9% 10.9% 9.8% 8.6% 8.5%
Withdrawals w/Benefits 1,296 1,349 1,354 1,445 1,520 1,437 1,525 1,613 1,724 1,784 1,991 2,444 2,497 2,587 2,619
  5.3% 5.3% 5.4% 5.8% 6.2% 5.7% 6.0% 6.7% 7.7% 8.0% 8.8% 9.4% 8.9% 8.1% 7.7%
Administrative Closures 7,448 7,454 6,688 5,659 5,450 5,321 5,232 4,610 4,151 3,976 4,184 4,670 5,131 5,510 5,770
  30.5% 29.5% 26.6% 22.7% 22.1% 21.1% 20.7% 19.2% 18.6% 17.7% 18.5% 18.0% 18.3% 17.2% 17.0%
No Reasonable Cause 13,645 13,956 14,188 14,133 13,748 14,343 14,562 14,396 13,134 13,323 13,092 15,094 16,583 19,400 21,410
  55.9% 55.2% 56.5% 56.7% 55.7% 56.9% 57.7% 60.0% 59.0% 59.5% 58.0% 58.3% 59.0% 60.5% 63.1%
Reasonable Cause 581 791 969 1,449 1,774 1,510 1,174 946 946 849 847 890 1,135 1,795 1,279
  2.4% 3.1% 3.9% 5.8% 7.2% 6.0% 4.7% 3.9% 4.2% 3.8% 3.8% 3.4% 4.0% 5.6% 3.8%
Successful Conciliations 215 242 257 329 521 399 320 326 274 285 346 304 406 443 373
  0.9% 1.0% 1.0% 1.3% 2.1% 1.6% 1.3% 1.4% 1.2% 1.3% 1.5% 1.2% 1.4% 1.4% 1.1%
Unsuccessful Conciliations 366 549 712 1,120 1,253 1,111 854 620 672 564 501 586 729 1,352 906
  1.5% 2.2% 2.8% 4.5% 5.1% 4.4% 3.4% 2.6% 3.0% 2.5% 2.2% 2.3% 2.6% 4.2% 2.7%
Merit Resolutions 3,336 3,870 4,242 5,126 5,504 5,538 5,449 4,980 4,978 5,109 5,296 6,146 6,386 7,143 6,776
  13.7% 15.3% 16.9% 20.6% 22.3% 22.0% 21.6% 20.8% 22.4% 22.8% 23.5% 23.7% 22.7% 22.3% 20.0%
Monetary Benefits (Millions)* $35.1 $39.6 $48.2 $47.4 $55.6 $69.8 $57.6 $53.0 $53.1 $59.8 $65.6 $74.8 $80.5 $98.5 $100.2

* 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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