Posted On: August 28, 2008 by Peter M. LaSorsa

EEOC Sexual Harassment Facts and Trends From 1997-2007.

EEOC filings by men have increased in the last ten years. From 1997 until 2007, the number increased from 11.6% to 16% of all EEOC filings--which represents an increase of roughly 38% over the ten year period. Put into number in 1997 there were 1843 filings by men, in 2007 the number increased to 2001. During that same period filings of both men and women decreased from 15,889 to 12,510.

I believe the decrease in total filings is due to more proactive human resource departments and better education of the work force regarding sexual harassment. I suspect the increase in male complaints is due to the number of women in supervisory and management positions and just an increase in general of women in the work place. Here is a link to the ">EEOC chart which tracks such data.

Another interesting fact from the EEOC chart are the numbers of settlements of charges for both men and women which increased from 6.8% in 1997 to 13.6% in 2007--a 100% increase over the ten year period.

Administrative closures decreased from 39.9% in 1997 to 24.2% in 2007. When the settlement and administrative closure numbers are taken together, it indicates the quality of charges filed has increased during the ten year period. Companies are more willing to settle a quality charge and the EEOC would have a more difficult time closing a case that has merit.


Lastly, to further support my contention that EEOC filings with merit have increased in the last ten years, the number of EEOC "merit resolutions" have increased from 18.8% in 1997 to 30.3% in 2007. A merit resolution is defined as a favorable outcome for the charging party--i.e. the employee filing the charge.

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