Unlike other types of discrimination and harassment, the number of claims for sexual harassment has been going down. In fact, in 2010 fewer sexual harassment charges were filed than at any time since 1992, when the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission began tracking those claims. So that’s the good news.
The bad news is that sexual harassment still pervades many workplaces. Just last month, a federal appeals court in Boston affirmed a $1.6 million jury verdict in favor of a female neurosurgeon who was subjected to sexual harassment by the department head, and retaliation by the hospital after she complained.
Dr. Sagun Tuli alleged a pattern of harassment over a five-year period, including:
- At a graduation dinner, the department head asked Dr. Tuli: “Can you get up on the table to dance so you could show them