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EEOC fails to pursue 87% of complaints

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is the federal agency charged with enforcing workplace discrimination laws in Tennessee and across the country. An analysis of EEOC cases filed between 1997 and 2018, though, indicates that the agency is less effective than it might be in enforcing those laws. An administrative services outsourcer, Paychex, Inc., conducted the study and found that the EEOC did not act regarding 87% of the nearly 1.9 million complaints filed during the 21 years through 2018.

Women workers continue to face discrimination, harassment

The #MeToo movement has drawn attention to sexual harassment in the workplace. Sparked by the exposure of film producer Harvey Weinstein's decades of predatory behavior directed at actresses, #MeToo has drawn attention to discrimination and unwanted sexual advances in industries as wide-ranging as academia, media and tech. Many hoped that the campaign would lead to a new era in which workplace sexual harassment was widely identified as unacceptable and largely eradicated. However, one study indicates that many men have decided to stop interacting with female co-workers rather than simply refraining from harassing behavior. This could point to continued misunderstandings about what exactly constitutes actionable workplace sexual harassment.

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