It’s been one year since the the New York Times reported allegations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein that started the #MeToo movement. Since, at least 425 prominent people across industries have been publicly accused of sexual misconduct.
The story, however, goes beyond the rich, the famous and the powerful. #MeToo has permeated every corner of our culture.
The EEOC just released its preliminary data on its handling of sexual harassment charges for its 2018 fiscal year — October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018 — a year that syncs almost too perfectly with the first year of #MeToo.
Its numbers tell a pretty compelling story about the ongoing impact of the #MeToo movement.
- Charges filed with the EEOC alleging sexual harassment increased by more than 12 percent from fiscal year 2017.
- The EEOC filed 41 sexual harassment lawsuits, which reflects more than a 50 percent increase in suits challenging sexual harassment over fiscal year 2017.