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Race-Based Harassment Charges
FY 1997 - FY 2013

This table shows EEOC charges filed and resolved under Title VII alleging race-based harassment discrimination.

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 FY 2012 FY 2013
Receipts 5,783 6,169 6,289 6,643 6,712 6,704 6,187 5,657 5,600 6,059 7,355 8,616 8,010 8,563 8,776 8,302 8,519
Resolutions 6,773 7,364 7,559 7,191 7,381 7,515 6,857 6,173 5,677 5,594 5,838 7,120 8,262 9,465 10,627 10,038 8,876
Resolutions By Type                                  
Settlements 230 310 502 578 585 787 702 618 632 661 723 828 847 840 910 866 758
  3.4% 4.2% 6.6% 8.0% 7.9% 10.5% 10.2% 10.0% 11.1% 11.8% 12.4% 11.6% 10.3% 8.9% 8.6% 8.6% 8.5%
Withdrawals w/Benefits 181 200 249 263 313 322 258 267 288 309 325 397 483 453 475 457 487
  2.7% 2.7% 3.3% 3.7% 4.2% 4.3% 3.8% 4.3% 5.1% 5.5% 5.6% 5.6% 5.8% 4.8% 4.5% 4.6% 5.5%
Administrative Closures 1,858 2,012 1,783 1,423 1,441 1,209 1,089 1,006 887 790 1,023 1,226 1,455 1,440 1,943 1,387 1,258
  27.4% 27.3% 23.6% 19.8% 19.5% 16.1% 15.9% 16.3% 15.6% 14.1% 17.5% 17.2% 17.6% 15.2% 18.3% 13.8% 14.2%
No Reasonable Cause 4,308 4,573 4,662 4,337 4,300 4,601 4,317 3,902 3,500 3,532 3,492 4,323 5,005 6,137 6,869 6,907 6,024
  63.6% 62.1% 61.7% 60.3% 58.3% 61.2% 63.0% 63.2% 61.7% 63.1% 59.8% 60.7% 60.6% 64.8% 64.6% 68.8% 67.9%
Reasonable Cause 196 269 363 590 742 596 491 380 370 302 275 346 472 595 430 421 349
  2.9% 3.7% 4.8% 8.2% 10.1% 7.9% 7.2% 6.2% 6.5% 5.4% 4.7% 4.9% 5.7% 6.3% 4.0% 4.2% 3.9%
Successful Conciliations 67 61 82 104 170 130 111 110 105 99 81 94 163 149 112 119 148
  1.0% 0.8% 1.1% 1.4% 2.3% 1.7% 1.6% 1.8% 1.8% 1.8% 1.4% 1.3% 2.0% 1.6% 1.1% 1.2% 1.7%
Unsuccessful Conciliations 129 208 281 486 572 466 380 270 265 203 194 252 309 446 318 302 201
  1.9% 2.8% 3.7% 6.8% 7.7% 6.2% 5.5% 4.4% 4.7% 3.6% 3.3% 3.5% 3.7% 4.7% 3.0% 3.0% 2.3%
Merit Resolutions 607 779 1,114 1,431 1,640 1,705 1,451 1,265 1,290 1,272 1,323 1,571 1,802 1,888 1,815 1,744 1,594
  9.0% 10.6% 14.7% 19.9% 22.2% 22.7% 21.2% 20.5% 22.7% 22.7% 22.7% 22.1% 21.8% 19.9% 17.1% 17.4% 18.0%
Monetary Benefits (Millions)* $10.1 $8.5 $13.9 $13.8 $17.4 $30.6 $20.5 $16.2 $17.7 $19.8 $17.9 $24.0 $26.6 $27.8 $27.5 $25.9 $35.7

* 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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