The EEOC has released its litigation statistics for 2017. There was a slight drop in total charges filed from 2016, going down from 91,503 charges to 84,254 charges. Once again, however, the highest number of charges were for race discrimination and retaliation, 33.9% and 48.8% of total charges, respectively.
In addition, sex discrimination charges, which include claims for sexual harassment, saw a slight decline from 2016 figures, down from 29,934 to 25,605 charges. We anticipate, however, that the prominent sex harassment headlines coming out of Hollywood, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C., not to mention the #metoo and #timesup movement, will trigger an increase in sex harassment charges in 2018 with more and more women coming forward.
These statistics make painfully obvious that the workplace remains rife with discrimination and harassment. Whether its race, sex, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, disability, or age discrimination, whether its sexual harassment or other harassment that creates a hostile work environment, we can help. Call us today for your free initial consultation.