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Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) Charges
(includes concurrent charges with Title VII, ADEA, and EPA)
FY 1997- FY 2013

The following charts represent the total number of charges filed and resolved under the ADA.

Receipts include all charges filed under the ADA and those filed concurrently under Title VII, EPA, and ADEA. Therefore, the sum of receipts for all statutes will exceed total charges received.

The data are compiled by the Office of Research, Information and Planning from data reported via the quarterly reconciled Data Summary Reports and 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 18,108 17,806 17,007 15,864 16,470 15,964 15,377 15,376 14,893 15,575 17,734 19,453 21,451 25,165 25,742 26,379 25,957
RESOLUTIONS 24,200 23,324 22,152 20,475 19,084 18,804 16,915 16,949 15,357 15,045 15,708 16,705 18,776 24,401 27,873 28,799 26,410
RESOLUTIONS BY TYPE                                  
SETTLEMENTS 1,000 1,154 1,433 1,852 1,722 1,705 1,748 1,800 1,685 1,812 2,037 2,079 2,065 2,597 2,843 2,902 2,682
  4.1% 4.9% 6.5% 9.0% 9.0% 9.1% 10.3% 10.6% 11.0% 12.0% 13.0% 12.4% 11.0% 10.6% 10.2% 10.1% 10.2%
WITHDRAWALS W/BENEFITS 888 816 867 862 834 833 750 814 846 866 1,005 1,058 1,217 1,456 1,716 1,718 1,809
  3.7% 3.5% 3.9% 4.2% 4.4% 4.4% 4.4% 4.8% 5.5% 5.8% 6.4% 6.3% 6.5% 6.0% 6.2% 6.0% 6.8%
ADMINISTRATIVE CLOSURES 7,336 6,461 5,434 4,209 3,662 3,335 2,995 3,083 2,691 2,452 2,861 2,889 3,358 3,980 4,315 4,335 4,134
  30.3% 27.7% 24.5% 20.6% 19.2% 17.7% 17.7% 18.2% 17.5% 16.3% 18.2% 17.3% 17.9% 16.3% 15.5% 15.1% 15.7%
NO REASONABLE CAUSE 13,916 13,458 12,753 11,431 10,332 11,346 10,251 10,318 9,268 9,077 8,968 9,760 11,174 15,182 17,727 18,557 16,601
  57.5% 57.7% 57.6% 55.8% 54.1% 60.3% 60.6% 60.9% 60.4% 60.3% 57.1% 58.4% 59.5% 62.2% 63.6% 64.4% 62.9%
REASONABLE CAUSE 1,060 1,435 1,665 2,121 2,534 1,585 1,171 934 867 850 837 919 962 1,186 1,272 1,287 1,184
  4.4% 6.2% 7.5% 10.4% 13.3% 8.4% 6.9% 5.5% 5.6% 5.6% 5.3% 5.5% 5.1% 4.9% 4.6% 4.5% 4.5%
SUCCESSFUL 385 535 518 663 741 644 487 357 338 0 322 362 408 439 491 572 550
  1.6% 2.3% 2.3% 3.2% 3.9% 3.4% 2.9% 2.1% 2.2% 2.2% 2.0% 2.2% 2.2% 1.8% 1.8% 2.0% 2.1%
UNSUCCESSFUL 675 900 1,147 1,458 1,793 941 684 577 529 520 515 557 554 747 781 715 634
  2.8% 3.9% 5.2% 7.1% 9.4% 5.0% 4.0% 3.4% 3.4% 3.5% 3.3% 3.3% 3.0% 3.1% 2.8% 2.5% 2.4%
MERIT RESOLUTIONS 2,948 3,405 3,965 4,835 5,090 4,123 3,669 3,548 3,398 3,528 3,879 4,056 4,244 5,239 5,831 5,907 5,675
  12.2% 14.7% 17.9% 23.6% 26.7% 21.9% 21.7% 20.9% 22.1% 23.4% 24.7% 24.3% 22.6% 21.5% 20.9% 20.5% 21.5%
MONETARY BENEFITS (Millions) $41.3 $53.7 $55.8 $54.4 $47.9 $50.0 $45.3 $47.7 $44.8 $48.8 $54.4 $57.2 $67.8 $76.1 $103.4 $103.4 $109.2

* 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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