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Study looks at retaliation rates for sexual harassment claims

From 2012 to 2016 in California, thousands of sexual harassment claims were filed. Over half of those employees were fired, and more than two-thirds were retaliated against. These were among the findings of a study conducted by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Employment Equity. Nationally, nearly two-thirds of people who filed a complaint about sexual harassment were let go from their jobs within the year. More than two-thirds reported employer retaliation.

The study looked at over 46,000 claims that state agencies and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received during the period in question. It found that 99.8 percent of the approximately 5 million employees who face sexual harassment each year did not file formal charges, and of the formal charges that were filed, only around 1,500 were heard in court. Fewer than one-fourth of employees who filed claims with the EEOC got a payoff, and the average amount received was less than $25,000.

The study found that the most formal claims among female employees were filed in the mining and oil industry followed by warehousing and transportation. The professional, scientific and technical industry had a rate of six female employees and one male employee filing charges for every 100,000 employees. Experts say that in the wake of the 2017 "Me Too" movement, there could be changes in how employers handle allegations of sexual harassment.

People who are dealing with sexual harassment at work may want to consult an attorney before going through workplace channels to pursue the complaint. The attorney might be able to advise the employee on how best to proceed. This might include documenting all incidents of harassment and whether or not there are witnesses. In some cases, many employees might be dealing with similar harassment at the same workplace, and this could lead to a class action lawsuit.

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