The results reflect the first year-over-year findings since the
wave of high-profile sexual harassment allegations began in October 2017
Portland, Oregon (April 2, 2019) – Leading ethics and compliance software and services company NAVEX Global® today announced the release of its 2019 Ethics & Compliance Hotline Benchmark Report. The report, which includes the first full year of results since the #MeToo era began, shows an overall 18 percent increase in harassment reports during 2017 and 2018, with 41 percent of these reports substantiated.
“These findings reflect strong growth in the number of employees willing to speak out against harassment – and they should serve as notice to employers that #MeToo is a fundamental shift in employees’ willingness to tolerate harassment,” said Carrie Penman, Chief Compliance Officer and Senior Vice President, Advisory Services, NAVEX Global. “That said, the problem of harassing conduct is larger than these numbers reflect, as many employees still fear reporting. Failed cultures, ineffective internal processes, fear of retaliation and lack of leadership support will continue to result in numbers that do not reflect the true pervasiveness of workplace harassment.”
In addition to claims of sexual harassment, employees are…