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Retaliation-Based Charges
FY 1997 - FY 2013

The following chart represents the total number of charges filed and resolved under all statutes alleging retaliation-based 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 18,198 19,114 19,694 21,613 22,257 22,768 22,690 22,740 22,278 22,555 26,663 32,690 33,613 36,258 37,334 37,836 38,539
Resolutions 22,112 23,053 24,246 24,286 25,006 25,288 24,720 24,704 22,514 22,006 22,265 25,999 30,571 37,970 41,743 42,025 38,831
Resolutions By Type                                  
Settlements 788 928 1,329 1,780 1,753 2,153 2,314 2,340 2,160 2,426 2,624 2,777 2,891 3,268 3,547 3,484 3,272
  3.6% 4.0% 5.5% 7.3% 7.0% 8.5% 9.4% 9.5% 9.6% 11.0% 11.8% 10.7% 9.5% 8.6% 8.5% 8.3% 8.4%
Withdrawals w/Benefits 914 827 1,005 1,072 1,143 1,049 1,065 1,170 1,268 1,275 1,322 1,673 1,806 2,043 2,213 2,138 2,288
  4.1% 3.6% 4.1% 4.4% 4.6% 4.1% 4.3% 4.7% 5.6% 5.8% 5.9% 6.4% 5.9% 5.4% 5.3% 5.1% 5.9%
Administrative Closures 8,074 7,866 7,577 6,192 5,978 5,448 5,306 5,027 4,424 4,206 4,604 2,777 2,891 7,578 8,115 7,526 7,206
  36.5% 34.1% 31.3% 25.5% 23.9% 21.5% 21.5% 20.3% 19.6% 19.1% 20.7% 10.7% 9.5% 20.0% 19.4% 17.9% 18.6%
No Reasonable Cause 11,550 12,238 12,803 12,931 13,120 14,416 14,236 14,649 13,157 12,674 12,443 14,905 17,468 22,803 26,161 27,077 24,611
  52.2% 53.1% 52.8% 53.2% 52.5% 57.0% 57.6% 59.3% 58.4% 57.6% 55.9% 57.3% 57.1% 60.1% 62.7% 64.4% 63.4%
Reasonable Cause 786 1,194 1,532 2,311 3,012 2,222 1,799 1,518 1,505 1,425 1,272 1,330 1,519 2,278 1,707 1,800 1,454
  3.6% 5.2% 6.3% 9.5% 12.0% 8.8% 7.3% 6.1% 6.7% 6.5% 5.7% 5.1% 5.0% 6.0% 4.1% 4.3% 3.7%
Successful Conciliations 211 273 337 505 564 559 408 377 375 396 368 356 463 498 471 589 538
  1.0% 1.2% 1.4% 2.1% 2.3% 2.2% 1.7% 1.5% 1.7% 1.8% 1.7% 1.4% 1.5% 1.3% 1.1% 1.4% 1.4%
Unsuccessful Conciliations 575 921 1,195 1,806 2,448 1,663 1,391 1,141 1,130 1,029 904 974 1,056 1,780 1,236 1,211 916
  2.6% 4.0% 4.9% 7.4% 9.8% 6.6% 5.6% 4.6% 5.0% 4.7% 4.1% 3.7% 3.5% 4.7% 3.0% 2.9% 2.4%
Merit Resolutions 2,488 2,949 3,866 5,163 5,908 5,424 5,178 5,028 4,933 5,126 5,218 5,780 6,216 7,589 7,467 7,422 7,014
  11.3% 12.8% 15.9% 21.3% 23.6% 21.4% 20.9% 20.4% 21.9% 23.3% 23.4% 22.2% 20.3% 20.0% 17.9% 17.7% 18.1%
Monetary Benefits (Millions)* $41.7 $41.1 $70.4 $76.3 $89.1 $88.5 $80.7 $90.5 $88.8 $96.9 $124.8 $110.7 $133.8 $150.8 $147.3 $177.4 $169.4

* 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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