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Religion-Based Charges
FY 1997 - FY 2013

The following chart represents the total number of charges  filed and resolved under Title VII alleging religion-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 1,709 1,786 1,811 1,939 2,127 2,572 2,532 2,466 2,340 2,541 2,880 3,273 3,386 3,790 4,151 3,811 3,721
Resolutions 2,137 2,247 2,187 2,230 2,217 2,729 2,690 2,676 2,352 2,387 2,525 2,727 2,958 3,782 4,608 4,219 3,865
Resolutions By Type                                  
Settlements 89 97 144 156 182 237 221 241 227 244 282 253 270 330 368 327 331
  4.2% 4.3% 6.6% 7.0% 8.2% 8.7% 8.2% 9.0% 9.7% 10.2% 11.2% 9.3% 9.1% 8.7% 8.0% 7.8% 8.6%
Withdrawals w/Benefits 74 81 87 94 77 100 86 101 98 118 133 138 162 203 188 171 198
  3.5% 3.6% 4.0% 4.2% 3.5% 3.7% 3.2% 3.8% 4.2% 4.9% 5.3% 5.1% 5.5% 5.4% 4.1% 4.1% 5.1%
Administrative Closures 614 559 532 429 382 451 434 490 384 364 418 459 585 626 1,012 621 610
  28.7% 24.9% 24.3% 19.2% 17.2% 16.5% 16.1% 18.3% 16.3% 15.2% 16.6% 16.8% 19.8% 16.6% 22.0% 14.7% 15.8%
No Reasonable Cause 1,265 1,363 1,269 1,343 1,349 1,729 1,744 1,672 1,442 1,524 1,498 1,705 1,805 2,309 2,737 2,800 2,558
  59.2% 60.7% 58.0% 60.2% 60.8% 63.4% 64.8% 62.5% 61.3% 63.8% 59.3% 62.5% 61.0% 61.1% 59.4% 66.4% 66.2%
Reasonable Cause 95 147 155 208 227 212 205 172 201 137 194 172 136 314 303 300 168
  4.4% 6.5% 7.1% 9.3% 10.2% 7.8% 7.6% 6.4% 8.5% 5.7% 7.7% 6.3% 4.6% 8.3% 6.6% 7.1% 4.3%
Successful Conciliations 32 42 42 56 43 54 67 38 36 38 81 42 43 73 57 137 49
  1.5% 1.9% 1.9% 2.5% 1.9% 2.0% 2.5% 1.4% 1.5% 1.6% 3.2% 1.5% 1.5% 1.9% 1.2% 3.2% 1.9%
Unsuccessful Conciliations 63 105 113 152 184 158 138 134 165 99 113 130 93 241 246 163 119
  2.9% 4.7% 5.2% 6.8% 8.3% 5.8% 5.1% 5.0% 7.0% 4.1% 4.5% 4.8% 3.1% 6.4% 5.3% 3.9% 3.1%
Merit Resolutions 258 325 386 458 486 549 512 514 526 499 609 563 568 847 859 798 697
  12.1% 14.5% 17.7% 20.5% 21.9% 20.1% 19.0% 19.2% 22.4% 20.9% 24.1% 20.6% 19.2% 22.4% 18.6% 18.9% 18.0%
Monetary Benefits (Millions)* $2.2 $2.6 $3.1 $5.5 $14.1 $4.3 $6.6 $6.0 $6.1 $5.7 $6.4 $7.5 $7.6 $10.0 $12.6 $9.9 $11.2

* 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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