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EEOC Releases Sexual Harassment Data for FY 2018

Posted Tuesday, November 6, 2018 6:25 am

Much has happened in the past year in the wake of the #MeToo movement.  This is reflected in the sexual harassment data released by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) for fiscal year (“FY”) 2018, which ended September 30.  The report includes the following findings:

  • Hits on the sexual harassment page of the EEOC's website more than doubled between FY 2017 and FY 2018.
  • Charges filed with the EEOC alleging sexual harassment increased 13.6% from FY 2017.
  • The EEOC found reasonable cause to believe unlawful harassment occurred in nearly 1,200 charges, an increase of 23.6% in FY 2018.
  • Of the 66 lawsuits the EEOC filed challenging workplace harassment, 41 alleged sexual harassment. This represents more than a 50% increase in sexual harassment suits over FY 2017.
  • The EEOC recovered nearly $70 million for the victims of sexual harassment through administrative enforcement and litigation in FY 2018, up from $47.5 million in FY 2017.


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