EEOC Data Shows Increase in Sex Harassment Claims

At the beginning of 2018, we advised our business clients to expect sexual harassment claims to increase. This advice was in response to various high profile sexual harassment claims and the #MeToo Movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace. Consistent with these predictions, it was reported on 9/17/2018 by Chris Opfer for Bloomberg’s Human Resources Report (subscription required) that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission saw an increase in sexual harassment claims this year as compared with 2016. Notably, this increase occurred as the total discrimination and harassment claims dropped. According to Bloomberg, this information came from EEOC data, which will eventually become public upon a final verification of the EEOC filings. Considerations for Sexual Harassment Prevention In the meantime, employers must continue to recognize that zero tolerance for sexual harassment and assault should be the norm. But simply saying you have a…

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