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As the federal fiscal year approaches its end each September, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) traditionally files its largest aggregate of lawsuits for the year. In September 2017, for instance, the EEOC filed 88 lawsuits.
This fiscal year, the commission through the end of August had filed some 112 lawsuits, whereas in the previous year the total had not topped 100. So, as the law firm Seyfarth Shaw notes, far from scaling back on legal actions under the Trump administration, the commission has accelerated its activity.
Interestingly, the EEOC has filed at least 22 sexual harassment lawsuits in this era of the #MeToo movement. The commission in general seems focused on litigating instances of workplace harassment.
As we noted here recently, the commission in August filed seven harassment lawsuits across the country, involving firms as large as United Airlines and Piggly Wiggly.