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Race-Based Charges
FY 1997 - FY 2013

The following chart represents the total number of charges  filed and resolved under Title VII alleging race-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 29,199 28,820 28,819 28,945 28,912 29,910 28,526 27,696 26,740 27,238 30,510 33,937 33,579 35,890 35,395 33,512 33,068
Resolutions 36,419 35,716 35,094 33,188 32,077 33,199 30,702 29,631 27,411 25,992 25,882 28,321 31,129 37,559 40,534 38,426 33,978
Resolutions By Type                                  
Settlements 1,206 1,460 2,138 2,802 2,549 3,059 2,890 2,927 2,801 3,039 2,945 3,069 3,065 3,325 3,307 3,020 2,709
  3.3% 4.1% 6.1% 8.4% 7.9% 9.2% 9.4% 9.9% 10.2% 11.7% 11.4% 10.8% 9.8% 8.9% 8.2% 7.9% 8.0%
Withdrawals w/Benefits 912 823 1,036 1,150 1,203 1,200 1,125 1,088 1,167 1,177 1,235 1,435 1,530 1,567 1,657 1,545 1,621
  2.5% 2.3% 3.0% 3.5% 3.8% 3.6% 3.7% 3.7% 4.3% 4.5% 4.8% 5.1% 4.9% 4.2% 4.1% 4.0% 4.8%
Administrative Closures 8,395 7,871 7,213 5,727 5,626 5,043 4,759 4,261 3,674 3,436 3,931 3,964 4,803 5,018 5,719 4,571 4,516
  23.1% 22.0% 20.6% 17.3% 17.5% 15.2% 15.5% 14.4% 13.4% 13.2% 15.2% 14.0% 15.4% 13.4% 14.1% 11.9% 13.3%
No Reasonable Cause 24,988 24,515 23,148 21,319 20,302 21,853 20,506 20,166 18,608 17,324 16,773 18,792 20,530 26,319 28,602 28,111 24,175
  68.6% 68.6% 66.0% 64.2% 63.3% 65.8% 66.8% 68.1% 67.9% 66.7% 64.8% 66.4% 66.0% 70.1% 70.6% 73.2% 71.1%
Reasonable Cause 918 1,047 1,559 2,190 2,397 2,044 1,422 1,189 1,161 1,016 998 1,061 1,201 1,330 1,248 1,179 957
  2.5% 2.9% 4.4% 6.6% 7.5% 6.2% 4.6% 4.0% 4.2% 3.9% 3.9% 3.7% 3.9% 3.5% 3.1% 3.1% 2.8%
Successful Conciliations 248 287 382 529 691 580 392 330 377 292 285 355 392 377 322 450 424
  0.7% 0.8% 1.1% 1.6% 2.2% 1.7% 1.3% 1.1% 1.4% 1.1% 1.1% 1.3% 1.3% 1.0% 0.8% 1.2% 1.2%
Unsuccessful Conciliations 670 760 1,177 1,661 1,706 1,464 1,030 859 784 724 713 706 809 953 926 729 533
  1.8% 2.1% 3.4% 5.0% 5.3% 4.4% 3.4% 2.9% 2.9% 2.8% 2.8% 2.5% 2.6% 2.5% 2.3% 1.9% 1.6%
Merit Resolutions 3,036 3,330 4,733 6,142 6,149 6,303 5,437 5,204 5,129 5,232 5,178 5,565 5,796 6,222 6,212 5,744 5,287
  8.3% 9.3% 13.5% 18.5% 19.2% 19.0% 17.7% 17.6% 18.7% 20.1% 20.0% 19.6% 18.6% 16.6% 15.3% 14.9% 15.6%
Monetary Benefits (Millions)* $41.8 $32.2 $53.2 $61.7 $86.5 $81.1 $69.6 $61.1 $76.5 $61.4 $67.7 $79.3 $82.4 $84.4 $83.3 $100.9 $112.7

* 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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