EEOC’s Harassment Litigation Jumps 50 Percent in FY 2018

October 05, 2018

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed 41 sexual harassment lawsuits in FY 2018, a 50 percent increase over 2017, as the number of charges filed with the agency increased more than 12 percent in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

Hits on the EEOC’s sexual harassment website page more than doubled this past year as individuals and employers sought information on workplace harassment.

The EEOC recovered nearly $70 million for the victims of sexual harassment through administrative enforcement and litigation in FY 2018, up from $47.5 million in FY 2017.

Reasonable cause findings for all harassment charges increased to nearly 1,200 in FY 2018 compared to 970 in FY 2017, but are down from 1,675 in 2011 and 2,259 in 2010.

Outlook:  Enforcing harassment protections will continue to be an EEOC priority.