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Sexual harassment claims jump while EEOC charges go down

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Patrick DiDomenico

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in Centerpiece,Employment Law,Human Resources

The #MeToo movement reached the EEOC in a big way last year. Even as total EEOC charges declined dramatically in fiscal year 2018, sexual harassment claims soared. The EEOC received 7,609 sexual harassment charges in FY 2018, a 13.6% increase over 2017.

Annual statistics released April 10 showed that overall, EEOC charges fell almost 10% last year. The total of 76,418 was 7,836 fewer than in 2017.

Credit a strong economy.

Typically, when the unemployment rate drops, so do EEOC complaints. The last time so few EEOC charges were filed: 2006, the year before the Great Recession cratered the job market. The all-time high came in FY 2011, when 99,947 charges were filed.

In good times and bad, some EEOC statistics remain reliably constant. As in years past, retaliation was by far the most common EEOC charge, included in 51.6% of all complaints filed with the commission. That means more than half of discrimination and harassmen...(register to read more)

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