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Sexual Harassment Lawsuits Brought by EEOC Result in Costly Settlements

Author: Beth Zoller, XpertHR Legal Editor


A review of recent EEOC settlements shows that often employers will seek to settle extremely egregious allegations of sexual harassment and sex discrimination rather than face the uncertain outcome that can come with a trial as well as the tremendous resources that must be spent on litigation. In settling such cases, the employers not only agree to costly settlements, but they also agree to take affirmative steps to eliminate harassment such as increasing training efforts, strengthening the complaint procedure and revising their harassment and discrimination policies.