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How many sexual harassment charges are filed per year?

Business owners may be very stressed out when an employee (or a group of employees) file a complaint over employee rights violations such as denied breaks or denied overtime. However, allegations of discrimination and sexual harassment can be especially concerning and these are issues that have created many problems for workers and companies alike in Ohio. Sexual harassment allegations can damage a business' good name and they can also bring other consequences, such as financial penalties. Moreover, victims of sexual harassment may also experience a number of setbacks, which highlights the importance of preventing unlawful behavior in the workplace.

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commision, there were more than 12,400 sexual harassment charges filed with the EEOC during the fiscal year 2017. In the fiscal year 2016, 12,860 charges were filed with the EEOC, while the fiscal year 2015 had 12,573 sexual harassment charges filed. Clearly, thousands of people take action over alleged sexual harassment per year and this has become an increasingly concerning issue in recent months.

With thousands of sexual harassment claims each year, many business owners have found themselves in this position. If your company is struggling with a lawsuit over sexual harassment, it is pivotal to make sure that you have identified the course of action which makes the most sense. Some business owners have failed to take these cases seriously and that can be a costly error. With sexual harassment charges and all other claims involving the violation of a worker's legal rights, the right approach needs to be taken.

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