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Why are Workplace Sexual Harassment Complaints Increasing?

June 27th, 2019
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Sexual harassment cases have become a common news headline since the start of the #MeToo movement. After the Harvey Weinstein case went public, the total number of sexual harassment complaints to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) drastically increased. The EEOC reports that sexual harassment claims are reported in every type of industry and that women make up almost 85 percent of the sexual harassment complaints. Despite the many oppositions by federal regulators in response to harassment claims, reports of harassment continue to rise. The fight for justice will continue for those who have been subjected to sexual violence.

Many employees who have experienced sexual harassment do not report the incident in fear that nothing will be done. Due to the increase in cell phone use over the past few years, sexual harassment victims have more provability when reporting their claim. Digital trails are making it easier to report abuse and for victims to feel more confident when confronting their employers.

Thanks to the #MeToo movement, many workplaces are training their employees on sexual harassment, what constitutes harassment, and how to report it. These informational seminars are empowering victims to speak up for themselves and feel comfortable addressing a problem. Victims of sexual harassment in the workplace trust that their employer will make the right decisions if they are addressed with a claim. Trusting an employer with this kind of information can be very difficult for victims, especially if this information is dismissed or disregarded.

The increase in sexual abuse claims has led to many companies being highly scrutinized for how they address claims from workers. Sexual harassment claims in the workplace should always be taken seriously and the EEOC is working to ensure that companies follow proper procedures and protocols when a claim is reported.

All cases of sexual harassment should be taken seriously, no matter the severity of the case. If you have been a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, the Philadelphia sexual harassment lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. can help you receive the justice you deserve. For a free evaluation of your case, call us at 215-569-1999 or complete an online form today. Located in Pennsauken, New Jersey and Philadelphia, we serve clients throughout Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, and South Jersey.

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