- The EEOC filed 66 harassment lawsuits, including 41 that included allegations of sexual harassment. That reflects more than a 50 percent increase in suits challenging sexual harassment over fiscal year 2017.
- In addition, charges filed with the EEOC alleging sexual harassment increased by more than 12 percent from fiscal year 2017.
- Overall, the EEOC recovered nearly $70 million for the victims of sexual harassment through litigation and administrative enforcement in FY 2018, up from $47.5 million in FY 2017.
2018 was a year that brought to light workplace harassment issues more than ever. Now, people are aware of workplace harassment. People come forward and report issues. Harassment in the workplace has never been acceptable, but it has often gone ignored by business owners in the past. This can no longer be the case in today’s business environment. As a business owner, you must react quickly to any and all reports. You must also prevent future incidents in your workplace. In today’s business world, ignoring harassment in your company will result in negative publicity and lawsuits. Instead, business owners must be willing to proactively protect their employees or face expensive consequences. So far, in 2018 alone: