A year after the Harvey Weinstein scandal spurred the Me Too Movement, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has released preliminary sexual harassment data for the 2018 fiscal year. In the year since the Weinstein scandal, the report shows a 12% increase in the number of sexual harassment complaints that the agency has fielded. The Commission recovered approximately $70 million for victims of sexual harassment in the 2018 fiscal year. In comparison, $47.5 million was recovered in 2017. Acting EEOC chair, Victoria Lipnic, stated that the increase of workers stepping forward to make claims is not likely to slow down anytime soon. State and local agencies who receive harassment charges have also seen significant increases in claims. To learn more about the continued implications of the Me Too Movement, listen to this week’s Telebrief here.
Also in this week’s Telebrief: The distinction between offer letters and employment agreements is discussed. Finally, the EEOC recently filed suit against a Pennsylvania company for its condoning of the use of the N-word in the workplace.
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