EEOC Data Indicates Men Claiming Sex Harassment

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For the third consecutive year, data published by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission indicates an increase in men claiming that they were sexually harassed at work.  In 2001, 13.7% of all charges alleging sex harassment were filed by men.  Similarly, 15.4% of sex harassment charges filed with the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights were filed by men.  A recent case against the NJ Department of Corrections settled for $425,000 when a male officer claimed he was taunted and humiliated by a female supervisor.  Given this trend, employers must make sure that their complaint procedures work for both men and women.