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Pregnancy Discrimination Charges
EEOC & FEPAs Combined: FY 1997 - FY 2011

The following chart represents the total number of charge receipts filed and resolved under Title VII alleging pregnancy discrimination.

The data in the pregnancy discrimination 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 3,977 4,219 4,166 4,160 4,287 4,714 4,649 4,887 4,730 4,901 5,587 6,285 6,196 6,119 5,797
Resolutions 4,595 4,467 4,343 4,480 4,280 4,778 4,847 4,877 4,625 4,629 4,979 5,292 5,594 6,293 6,482
Resolutions By Type                              
Settlements 395 424 505 602 518 607 685 756 656 650 842 874 787 813 828
  8.6% 9.5% 11.6% 13.4% 12.1% 12.7% 14.1% 15.5% 14.2% 14.0% 16.9% 16.5% 14.1% 12.9% 12.8%
Withdrawals w/Benefits 379 328 359 322 327 408 429 420 413 426 501 499 526 567 552
  8.2% 7.3% 8.3% 7.2% 7.6% 8.5% 8.9% 8.6% 8.9% 9.2% 10.1% 9.4% 9.4% 9.0% 8.5%
Administrative Closures 1,110 1,027 902 824 764 846 901 787 765 790 882 847 1,026 1,025 1,017
  24.2% 23.0% 20.8% 18.4% 17.9% 17.7% 18.6% 16.1% 16.5% 17.1% 17.7% 16.0% 18.3% 16.3% 15.7%
No Reasonable Cause 2,432 2,534 2,389 2,452 2,373 2,634 2,629 2,723 2,570 2,574 2,568 2,851 3,035 3,670 3,819
  52.9% 56.7% 55.0% 54.7% 55.4% 55.1% 54.2% 55.8% 55.6% 55.6% 51.6% 53.9% 54.3% 58.3% 58.9%
Reasonable Cause 279 154 188 280 298 283 203 191 221 189 186 221 220 218 266
  6.1% 3.4% 4.3% 6.3% 7.0% 5.9% 4.2% 3.9% 4.8% 4.1% 3.7% 4.2% 3.9% 3.5% 4.1%
Successful Conciliations 71 66 81 110 123 126 75 87 92 74 81 77 100 102 143
  1.5% 1.5% 1.9% 2.5% 2.9% 2.6% 1.5% 1.8% 2.0% 1.6% 1.6% 1.5% 1.8% 1.6% 2.2%
Unsuccessful Conciliations 208 88 107 170 175 157 128 104 129 115 105 144 120 116 123
  4.5% 2.0% 2.5% 3.8% 4.1% 3.3% 2.6% 2.1% 2.8% 2.5% 2.1% 2.7% 2.1% 1.8% 1.9%
Merit Resolutions 1,053 906 1,052 1,204 1,143 1,298 1,317 1,367 1,290 1,265 1,529 1,594 1,533 1,598 1,646
  22.9% 20.3% 24.2% 26.9% 26.7% 27.2% 27.2% 28.0% 27.9% 27.3% 30.7% 30.1% 27.4% 25.4% 25.4%
Monetary Benefits (Millions)* $5.6 $5.3 $6.7 $20.6 $7.5 $10.0 $12.4 $11.7 $11.8 $10.4 $30.0 $12.2 $16.8 $18.0 $17.2

* 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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