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EEOC received fewer discrimination charges in 2019

On Behalf of | Feb 6, 2020 | Sexual Harassment At Work

In fiscal year 2019, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said that it had received 72,675 workplace discrimination claims, many of which came from Florida. According to the EEOC data, retaliation was the most common charge. Claims involving racial discrimination and equal pay discrimination increased during the 2019 fiscal year. However, there was a drop in all other types of workplace discrimination charges received by the EEOC.

The drop is partially attributed to the tight labor market. Companies are encouraged to take a number of steps to minimize the chances of discrimination occurring in their organizations. For instance, it could be a good idea to have managers and employees take training courses to make them more aware of their biases. They can also take courses designed to help better understand what discrimination looks like and how to stop it.

Researchers also suggest that companies hold everyone accountable for what happens to others in the workplace. Those who witness discrimination of any kind should feel safe enough to report what they saw. The same is true for those who were the victims of sexual harassment or other forms of mistreatment. Businesses may be able to improve accountability by creating workplace policies or doing a better job communicating what they are to employees.

Those who think that they have been discriminated against at work may want to obtain South Florida sexual harassment legal assistance. An attorney may represent a worker during a mediation or arbitration session, and legal counsel may also represent an individual at trial if a lawsuit is allowed to proceed. Individuals who are victims of sexual harassment or other forms of discrimination at work could be entitled to compensation for lost wages or other damages from their employers.