The Stats
The year harassment in the workplace was first ruled illegal by the Supreme Court of the United States in Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson.
The number of harassment complaints with the EEOC in 2015, a full one-third of all employment complaints that year.
The increase in charges filed with the EEOC alleging sexual harassment between 2017 to 2018. Clearly these are not slowing down.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The Facts
Change is slow. Only 32% of working Americans say their employer has taken new steps to address and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.
American Psychological Association Center for Organizational Excellence
Taking steps to prevent and address sexual harassment in the workplace is good for business. Happy employees are 12% more productive.
Fast Company
Employees are willing to let their feet do the talking. One-third of employees stated they would be more likely to leave their place of employment if the organization does not take further steps regarding harassment prevention.
American Psychological Association Center for Organizational Excellence
Six in ten women and three in ten men say they’ve experienced verbal or physical sexual harassment or unwanted sexual advances, with nearly 70% of women who have experienced harassment saying at least one incident happened in their workplace.
Pew Research Center
Each incident of sexual harassment costs about $22,500 a year in lost productivity, and U.S. companies have paid out more than $295 million in public penalties in recent years, not including private settlements.
A Meta-Analysis of the Antecedents and Consequeunces of Workplace Sexual Harassment
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