Harassment Charges Up, Discrimination Down

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released its 2018 numbers tied to discrimination and harassment claims.

Human Resources Executive Online reports that while discrimination numbers were down (most likely tied to increased hiring and fewer firings), harassment charges were up 13.6 percent over 2017.

As outlined by Human Resources Executive:

“This trend shows that it is not just the EEOC that is reacting to the #MeToo movement. Employees are also showing a greater awareness of these issues and an increased willingness to file these types of charges than they have for many years”.

The breakdown of the top discrimination categories were:

  • Retaliation (represented 51.6% of charges filed)
  • Sex (32.3%)
  • Disability (32.3%)
  • Race (32.2%)
  • Age (22.1%)

For more information and full survey results, please click here.

The information included in this blog post originally appeared in an article from HR Executive on April 19, 2019, written by Tom Starner.

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