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February 2018 Archives

Sexual harassment rates drop over two-decade period

Sexual harassment on the job in California and across the United States has garnered significant attention alongside the rise of the #MeToo movement. However, statistics also show that over the past 20 years, sexual harassment complaints in the United States have fallen significantly. In 1997, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 16,000 sexual harassment complaints. Two decades later, that number fell to 9,600, amounting to a decrease of over 40 percent.

The Department of Labor's role in protecting employee benefits

The Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration may be able to assist people in California who feel they have not been paid what they are owed from their health plans, retirement plans or other welfare benefit plans including disability insurance. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act protects people in this situation, and in fiscal year 2017, more than $1.1 billion was recovered.

Workplace retaliation claims lead EEOC filings

California employers faced fewer allegations of workplace discrimination from employees seeking assistance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 2017 than in prior years. The EEOC is a federal agency responsible for regulating and enforcing federal civil rights and equal pay laws for most employers. Overall agency filings across the nation have decreased significantly since 2010 and just 84,254 claims were filed in fiscal year 2017, which ended last September. 2010 saw 99,922 filings.

How to achieve gender equity at work

According to a report from Chartered Management Institute (CMI) more than 80 percent of women have witnessed discriminatory behavior at work. Furthermore, 80 percent of men have also observed such behavior according to the report. Therefore, it is likely that workers in California have seen such discrimination take place. However, it is less likely that executives within an organization are taking steps to address the issue.

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