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Data Visualizations: Retaliation Charge Data

The following visuals reflect charges of employment discrimination and resolutions for all retaliation charges, spanning from FY 2015 – FY 2019.

Total Charge Receipts Versus Retaliation Charge Receipts
FY 2015 - FY 2019

 

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FY 2015

FY 2016

FY 2017

FY 2018

FY 2019

Total Receipts

89,385

91,503

84,254

76,418

72,675

Retaliation Receipts

39,757

42,018

41,097

39,469

39,110

Percent of Retaliation Receipts

44.5%

45.9%

48.8%

51.6%

53.8%

FY 2015 - FY 2019:

  • As a percentage of total charge receipts, receipts that included a claim for retaliation steadily increased.
  • Total receipts decreased by 18.7%.
  • Receipts that included a claim for retaliation decreased by 1.6%.

*Charge data includes all charges filed by individuals in the private sector and state and local government workplaces; it does not include discrimination complaints in the federal sector.
**For all definitions of terms please go to: https://www.eeoc.gov/enforcement/definitions-terms.

 

Total Monetary Benefits Versus Retaliation Monetary Benefits
FY 2015 - FY 2019

 

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FY 2015

FY 2016

FY 2017

FY 2018

FY 2019

Total Monetary Benefits

$356.60

$348.00

$355.60

$353.90

$346.6

Retaliation Monetary Benefits

$173.5

$182.0

$192.0

$199.6

$205.2

Percent of Retaliation Monetary Benefits

48.7%

52.3%

54.0%

56.4%

59.2%

FY 2015 - FY 2019:

  • As a percentage of total monetary benefits, monetary benefits for charges that included a claim for retaliation increased steadily.
  • Total monetary benefits decreased by $10.0 million, a change of 2.8%.
  • Monetary benefits for charges that included a claim for retaliation increased by $31.7 million, a change of 18.3%.

*Charge data includes all charges filed by individuals in the private sector and state and local government workplaces; it does not include discrimination complaints in the federal sector.
**For all definitions of terms please go to: https://www.eeoc.gov/enforcement/definitions-terms.

 

Total Resolutions Versus Retaliation Resolutions
FY 2015 - FY 2019

 

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FY 2015

FY 2016

FY 2017

FY 2018

FY 2019

Total Resolutions

92,641

97,443

99,109

90,558

80,806

Retaliation Resolutions

40,067

44,094

46,811

44,779

41,778

Percent of Retaliation Resolutions

43.2%

45.3%

47.2%

49.4%

51.7%

FY 2015 - FY 2019:

  • As a percentage of total resolutions, resolutions of charges that included a claim for retaliation steadily increased.
  • Total resolutions decreased by 12.8%.
  • Resolutions of charges that included a claim for retaliation increased by 4.3%.

*Charge data includes all charges filed by individuals in the private sector and state and local government workplaces; it does not include discrimination complaints in the federal sector.
**Resolutions - All charges closed in the administrative process, comprised of charges with no cause findings, administrative closures, and merit resolutions.
***For all definitions of terms please go to: https://www.eeoc.gov/enforcement/definitions-terms.

 

Resolutions of Charges – Retaliation
FY 2015 - FY 2019

 

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FY 2015

FY 2016

FY 2017

FY 2018

FY 2019

No Reasonable Cause

63.5%

64.9%

68.6%

68.5%

66.9%

Administrative Closures

18.9%

18.7%

16.5%

15.6%

16.7%

Merit Resolutions

17.6%

16.4%

14.8%

15.9%

16.4%

  • Resolutions - All charges closed in the administrative process, comprised of charges with no cause findings, administrative closures, and merit resolutions.
  • No Reasonable Cause - EEOC's determination based upon the evidence obtained in the investigation that it believes discrimination did not occur; the determination does not certify that the respondent is in compliance with the statute. The charging party may exercise the right to bring private court action.
  • Administrative Closures - Charge closed for administrative reasons without a determination based on the merits, which include: lack of jurisdiction due to untimeliness, insufficient number of employees, or lack of employment relationship; charging party requests withdrawal without receiving benefits; or charging party requests the notice of right to sue.
  • Merit Resolutions - Charge resolved with an outcome favorable to charging party or charge with meritorious allegations. These are comprised of negotiated settlements, withdrawals with benefits, successful conciliations, and unsuccessful conciliations.

*Charge data includes all charges filed by individuals in the private sector and state and local government workplaces; it does not include discrimination complaints in the federal sector.
**For all definitions of terms please go to: https://www.eeoc.gov/enforcement/definitions-terms.

Merit Resolutions – Retaliation
FY 2015 - FY 2019

 

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FY 2015

FY 2016

FY 2017

FY 2018

FY 2019

Settlements

47.6%

44.9%

42.5%

38.3%

41.0%

Withdrawals w/Benefits

35.1%

37.9%

39.8%

41.2%

42.6%

Unsuccessful Conciliations

10.6%

10.4%

11.4%

12.1%

10.5%

Successful Conciliations

6.7%

6.8%

6.3%

8.4%

6.0%

 

  • Settlements - Charge settled during investigation with benefits to charging party.
  • Withdrawals w/Benefits - Charge is withdrawn, at the request of charging party, who will receive benefits through a separate agreement with the employer.
  • Successful Conciliations - Charge with reasonable cause determination closed after resolution of the charge through voluntary efforts, whereby EEOC is a party to the agreement.
  • Unsuccessful Conciliations - Charge with reasonable cause determination closed after failure to resolve the charge through voluntary efforts. Because "reasonable cause" has been found, this resolution is considered a merit resolution.

*Charge data includes all charges filed by individuals in the private sector and state and local government workplaces; it does not include discrimination complaints in the federal sector.
**For all definitions of terms please go to: https://www.eeoc.gov/enforcement/definitions-terms.