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Harassment in the Workplace

Author: Lisa Pierson Weinberger, Mom, Esq.

In 2011, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received 11,364 complaints of sexual harassment and presided over the judgment of $52.3 million worth of benefits to harassment victims. These numbers do not even begin to take into account those harassment claims, settlements, and litigation verdicts that were not adjudicated by the EEOC. But one thing is clear: harassment claims are brought by employees on a daily basis and the resolution of such claims can be a very costly proposition to employers. This Legal Insight addresses some of the most common issues surrounding harassment law and provides a roadmap for employers to follow in order to understand and comply with harassment obligations.