EEEEOC 2018 Report Reflects Increases in Sexual Harassment Charges
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
(EEOC) has announced the number of workplace discrimination charges filed nationwide during fiscal year 2018 (October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018).
Of the 76,418 discrimination charges filed last year,
retaliation topped the list, totaling 39,469 charges, followed by sex, disability, and race-based charges.
During the same period,
the EEOC resolved 90,558 discrimination charges and filed 199 lawsuits against employers, securing more than $500 million for claimants.
Sexual harassment charges increased 13.6
percent from 2017 and resulted in $56.6 million in employer damages and settlement payments.
EEOC Acting Chair Victoria A. Lipic stated:
“[W]e cannot look back on last year without noting the significant impact of the #MeToo movement in the number of sexual harassment and retaliation charges filed with the agency.”
In addition to sexual harassment prevention
training and well-worded anti-discrimination policy, employers should ensure managers and workers alike are educated on other forms of discrimination, such as age, religion, national origin, race, and disability, to better protect and promote workforce morale, trust and productivity.
We provide live on-site anti-harassment seminars for a flat fee.
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• What’s New in 2019 – #Metoo and The Workplace (December, 2018)
• Are You Doing Everything Possible to Prevent Workplace Sexual Harassment? (March, 2018)
• Ten Top Reasons for Live Sex Harassment Prevention Training (September, 2017)
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