New Data by EEOC Reveals Trends for Sexual Harassment Cases
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has created and released new data visuals of employment discrimination, including sexual harassment. A separate page has been published specifically for data visualizations of sexual harassment charges. The data on these sexual harassment charges span from 2015 to 2019. The graphs represented are: “Total Charge Receipts Versus Sexual Harassment Charge Receipts,” “Sexual Harassment Receipts by Sex,” “Total Monetary Benefits Versus Sexual Harassment Monetary Benefits,” “Total Resolutions Versus Sexual Harassment Resolutions,” “Resolutions – Sexual Harassment,” and “Merit Resolutions – Sexual Harassment.”
Is this data only for sexual harassment lawyers? According to a press release issued by EEOC about these data visualizations, they were released in order “to display enforcement data in a simple, comprehensible, and visually appealing way for all the EEOC’s stakeholders.” Therefore, the EEOC is hoping that not only will sexual harassment attorneys be able to use this data, but anyone else involved in their work, including journalists, activists, policymakers, and more.
One of the things of note shown in the data is that the victims of sexual assault reported in the workplace are majority female. The five years of data show a consistent trend of around 80% of reported cases of sexual harassment being female, around 16% male, and around 3% “other” (defined as “gender basis categories of pregnancy, transgender, and sexual orientation”). It’s important to remember that although the majority of cases of sexual harassment are against women, anyone can be subjected to sexual harassment and should seek a sexual harassment attorney immediately if they are.
In a wider sense, this data reveals that sexual harassment is still a pervasive problem, both in Washington state and across the country. Although total number of cases of employment discrimination has decreased from 89,385 in 2015 to 72,675 in 2019, the number of sexual harassment cases have increased from 6,822 in 2015 to 7,514 in 2019.
In order to hold employers accountable for sexual harassment in the workplace, it is very important that if you experience sexual harassment that you contact a sexual harassment lawyer as soon as possible. Call us today at 888-320-7936 or sign up here for a free and confidential consultation to see if we can help.