EEOC Charges Overall Down, But Sexual Harassment Charges Increased

The number of workplace discrimination charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission during Fiscal Year 2018 (which ended September 30, 2018) declined to the lowest level since FY 2006, according the EEOC’s recent statistical release. But while the  number of charges overall are down, the number of sexual harassment charges increased, as did the number of sexual harassment lawsuits the agency filed. The increase in sexual harassment actions seems to suggest a greater awareness of these issues in the wake of the #MeToo movement. The EEOC’s enforcement and litigation statistics can be found here. The EEOC’s April 10, 2019 press release about the 2018 FY statistics can be found here.   There were 76,418 discrimination charges filed in FY 2018, a decrease of 9.3% from the 84,254 filed in FY 2017, and well below the 2008-2016 annual average of 94,000. The 76,418 charges filed in FY 2018 is the lowest annual number of charges filed…

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