This month the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lit up headlines around the country with a raft of harassment lawsuits aimed at various businesses in various states, including Colorado.
The EEOC on Aug. 9 filed seven harassment complaints in federal courts — five of them involving sexual harassment claims and two alleging race- and national origin-based harassment. One of the lawsuits hit an in-home care provider operating out of Colorado Springs and other cities, and the commission alleged the company retaliated against its employees for complaining about sexual harassment by a client’s son.
Employment law experts say the EEOC’s new litigation push is a sign of the momentum the agency is getting from the #MeToo movement, among other possible factors. The Colorado-based lawsuit, in particular, also high-lights for employers a dimension of workplace harassment that they might yet be overlooking despite their attention to these issues.