The EEOC has issued a press release announcing a big victory for sexual harassment cases. These cases are often dismissed. For instance, according to EEOC 2011 statistics, the EEOC received 11,364 sexual harassment complaints. Of these, 53% were found to have no reasonable cause. This is an increase from 2010, where the percentage was of 50.1%. Since 1997, the percentage of cases dismissed has been in an upwards trend.
In the EEOC case against New Breed Logistics (Civil Action No. 2:10-cv-02696-STA-tmp), the jury awarded $177,094 in back pay, $486,000 in compensatory damages, and $850,000 in punitive damages.
Following the 7-day trial, the jury found that the warehouse supervisor subjected 3 temporary workers to unwelcome sexual touching and lewd, obscene and vulgar sexual remarks at the company’s Avaya Memphis area warehouse facility. Further, the jury found that a supervisor fired the three temp workers because they complained about the harassment.