The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Released Preliminary Fiscal Year 2018 Sexual Harassment Data

The EEOC is the federal government body that was established to enforce violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The Commission took actions this year to enforce the law, educate and train both workers and employers, and to share its expertise on new solutions to reduce harassing conduct in the workplace.  A top priority of the organization is to combat workplace harassment in all its various forms irrespective of basis–including sex, race, color, disability, age, national origin, or religion.

“I am so proud of the EEOC staff who stepped up to the heightened demand of the #MeToo movement to make clear that workplace harassment is not only unlawful, it is simply not acceptable,” –Acting Chair Victoria A. Lipnic

Based on preliminary data, in FY 2018:

  • Forty-one (41) sexual harassment lawsuits were filed by the EEOC
    • This represents an increase of more than 50 percent over the previous year (2017)
  • Charges claiming sexual harassment increased by more than 12 percent from the fiscal year 2017.
  • Nearly $70 million were recovered by the EEOC on behalf of victims of sexual harassment in FY 2018
    • Monies recovered on behalf of victims increased 32% over the previous fiscal year (2017)

To address the persistent problem of workplace harassment, the EEOC has created a ground-breaking training program, “Respectful Workplaces.”  The program has received high marks from employers as shown by a steady demand for the training since it began in October 2017.

More information is available at www.eeoc.gov.

References

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sent this bulletin at 10/04/2018 10:20 AM EDT https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USEEOC/bulletins/2120176

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