Calling all Leaders: When Harassment Rears Its Ugly Head

Make no mistake, harassment does rear its ugly head quite often, year in and year out in workplaces everywhere. The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency tasked with fielding complaints, brokering settlements, and engaging in litigation related to charges of discrimination, which includes harassment.

In fiscal year 2015 (Oct. 1, 2014, to Sept. 30, 2015), the EEOC received 89,385 formal complaints of workplace discrimination, and of those, just under 30,000 involved claims of harassment. Here’s how that breaks down:

Sexual harassment = 6,822 claimsRace-based harassment = 9,286 claimsNon-sexual harassment = 13,811

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