12 percent rise in #metoo movement in US

Oct 07, 2018, 08:00 IST | Agencies

The data was released by the US Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC)

12 percent rise in #metoo movement in US

New federal data indicates that sexual harassment claims have increased 12 per cent year-over-year following the revelations about disgraced former movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

The data was released by the US Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC). It said that the charges filed with the EEOC alleging sexual harassment increased by 12 per cent from fiscal year 2017.

It also said in a press release that it had filed 66 harassment lawsuits in 2017, a 50 per cent increase from the year prior. The report said that over the previous seven years, harassment claims had declined from 7,944 in 2010 to 6,696 in 2017. The EEOC's preliminary data showed an increase to about 7,500 claims in 2018, the highest level since 2012.

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