In 2018, fewer discrimination charges were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission than in any other year in the last decade. In fact, 8,000 fewer charges were filed last year than in 2017. This may seem surprising, given the #MeToo movement, but there are a myriad of reasons why the numbers may be falling. First, employers are more aware of potential consequences of discrimination claims, including negative publicity and low morale. Second, there is a lower unemployment rate and a high demand for workers, which translates into fewer layoffs and job rejections for employees to challenge.
As always, employers should take special care to ensure that harassment and discrimination claims are treated appropriately. Additionally, New York State employers must have their workforce complete the new State mandated sexual harassment training by October. Contact Underberg & Kessler now to get on our training calendar.