EEOC Boasts Heightened Enforcement Of Workplace Harassment Laws

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), there has been a heightened demand for information and advice on workplace sexual harassment since the start of the #MeToo movement one year ago.  The EEOC says it is stepping up enforcement of workplace discrimination laws, with a more than 50 percent increase in suits filed challenging sexual harassment over fiscal year 2017.

Complaints of discrimination filed with the EEOC have increased by more than 12 percent and reasonable cause findings against employers have also increased.  According to the EEOC, it recovered nearly $70 million for the victims of sexual harassment through administrative enforcement and litigation in 2018, up from $47.5 million in 2017.

The EEOC’s website offers guidance for individuals and employers wanting information on how to deal with workplace harassment.  It is also increasing outreach events across the country and offering more workplace training.

For more information on how to recognize and prevent sexual harassment, you can access the following EEOC materials developed by the EEOC:

“What to do if you believe you have been harassed at work”

“Promising Practices for Preventing Harassment”

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