Men Fighting Back in the Workplace

It used to be that sexual harassment claims were made almost exclusively by women. But times have changed. According to the EEOC, men accounted for a record 16 percent of all sexual harassment complaints in 2007, nearly double the 9 percent figure in the early 1990s.

And men are also filing more FMLA Claims as well.

Attorneys believe this trend is caused by the so-called Father’s Rights Movement.

Regardless of the cause, the monetary impact to employers is significant. One man successfully sued his employer for $11.65 million – he charged he was retaliated against for taking time off under the FMLA to care for his aging parents. Schultz v. Advocate Health, No. 01C-0702 (N.D. Ill. June 5, 2002). The case settled for an undisclosed amount in 2003.

Make sure to establish gender-free retaliation and harassment policies in your workplace. It’s not just women who are suing anymore.


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