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Color-Based Charges
FY 1997 - FY 2013

The following chart represents the total number of charges filed and resolved under Title VII alleging color-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 762 965 1,303 1,290 1,135 1,381 1,550 930 1,069 1,241 1,735 2,698 2,943 2,780 2,832 2,662 3,146
Resolutions 905 1,058 1,420 1,499 1,401 1,515 1,752 1,155 1,104 1,126 1,281 1,880 2,486 2,985 3,208 3,138 3,169
Resolutions By Type                                  
Settlements 11 27 35 103 82 175 121 94 77 85 113 175 210 227 204 188 182
  1.2% 2.6% 2.5% 6.9% 5.9% 11.6% 6.9% 8.1% 7.0% 7.5% 8.8% 9.3% 8.4% 7.6% 6.4% 6.0% 5.7%
Withdrawals w/Benefits 22 26 39 45 138 39 55 36 36 43 51 111 130 124 120 116 218
  2.4% 2.5% 2.7% 3.0% 9.9% 2.6% 3.1% 3.1% 3.3% 3.8% 4.0% 5.9% 5.2% 4.2% 3.7% 3.7% 6.9%
Administrative Closures 425 538 649 413 373 402 481 289 265 233 333 380 551 567 735 599 595
  47.0% 50.9% 45.7% 27.6% 26.6% 26.5% 27.5% 25.0% 24.0% 20.7% 26.0% 20.2% 22.2% 19.0% 22.9% 19.1% 18.8%
No Reasonable Cause 380 455 641 752 695 809 1,007 652 672 725 717 1,131 1,466 1,888 2,071 2,081 2,023
  42.0% 43.0% 45.1% 50.2% 49.6% 53.4% 57.5% 56.5% 60.9% 64.4% 56.0% 60.2% 59.0% 63.2% 64.6% 66.3% 63.8%
Reasonable Cause 67 12 56 186 113 90 88 84 54 40 67 83 129 179 78 154 151
  7.4% 1.1% 3.9% 12.4% 8.1% 5.9% 5.0% 7.3% 4.9% 3.6% 5.2% 4.4% 5.2% 6.0% 2.4% 4.9% 4.8%
Successful Conciliations 6 4 15 28 23 20 7 22 10 7 24 15 37 30 19 23 108
  0.7% 0.4% 1.1% 1.9% 1.6% 1.3% 0.4% 1.9% 0.9% 0.6% 1.9% 0.8% 1.5% 1.0% 0.6% 0.7% 3.4%
Unsuccessful Conciliations 61 8 41 158 90 70 81 62 44 33 43 68 92 149 59 131 43
  6.7% 0.8% 2.9% 10.5% 6.4% 4.6% 4.6% 5.4% 4.0% 2.9% 3.4% 3.6% 3.7% 5.0% 1.8% 4.2% 1.4%
Merit Resolutions 100 65 130 334 333 304 264 214 167 168 231 369 469 530 402 458 551
  11.0% 6.1% 9.2% 22.3% 23.8% 20.1% 15.1% 18.5% 15.1% 14.9% 18.0% 19.6% 18.9% 17.8% 12.5% 14.6% 17.4%
Monetary Benefits (Millions)* $1.5 $1.4 $3.4 $3.5 $4.0 $6.4 $4.4 $3.6 $3.1 $6.9 $6.3 $8.0 $10.1 $9.0 $7.3 $9.8 $29.6

* 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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