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EEOC Reports Surge in Sexual Harassment Cases

EEOC Reports Surge in Sexual Harassment Cases

Nearly $70 million for sexual harassment victims was recovered through administrative enforcement and litigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (E.E.O.C.) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, up from $47.5 million in FY 2017, according to data recently released by the commission.

Other noteworthy statistics contained in the E.E.O.C. preliminary data for FY 2018, which highlight its key accomplishments in addressing the workplace sexual harassment problem, also include:

  • Out of the 66 lawsuits it filed against workplace harassment, 41 of which were sexual harassment allegations. This is more than 50% increase in suits challenging sexual harassment compared to FY 2017; and
  • Charges filed alleging sexual harassment increased by more than 12% from FY 2017.

Also of significance is that more than 9,000 employees and supervisors in the private, public and federal sector work forces participated in the E.E.O.C.’s “Respectful Workplaces” training, which aimed to teach skills and promote respect in the workplace. Another 13,000 employees participated in the E.E.O.C.’s anti-harassment compliance trainings. The E.E.O.C. explained that going forward, more can and should be done to make workplaces free from harassment against employees. 

E.E.O.C. believes that the heightened complaint and enforcement against sexual harassment is a likely response from the increased publicity of the #MeToo movement among the general public.

For the full release issued by the E.E.O.C., click here.

If you are seeking advice, assistance and representation in a sexual harassment case, the attorneys at Lebau & Neuworth are experienced in handling E.E.O.C. proceedings for harassment and all other types of employment discrimination claims, so we may be able to help you. Contact Lebau & Neuworth at 888-456-2529 or

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