By Valerie Bauman Social Affairs Reporter For Dailymail.com
Published: 19:42 BST, 1 April 2019 | Updated: 19:42 BST, 1 April 2019
Reports of sexual harassment in the workplace have been on the rise, with 42 percent of business leaders saying they've seen an uptick in complaints within their own companies in the 18 months since the #metoo movement launched on Twitter, according to a new survey.
The poll, conducted by Proskauer Rose law firm, interviewed people across the U.S. who make 'high-level decisions regarding employment issues,' according to their report.
'The most striking feature of #metoo was the breadth of the impact,' researchers wrote. 'With great variation in size, geographic location, and industry, two-thirds of survey respondents reported a high or moderate impact on their organizations.'
This graph illustrates the share of business leaders who report a significant increase in different types of workplace complaints, including sexual harassment
Their findings are consistent with government data: The number of sexual harassment lawsuits filed by the federal government against U.S. employers increased by more than 50 percent, year-on-year in 2018.
During the same period, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission saw a 50 percent increase in the amount of money recovered for victims, which totaled nearly $70 million in fiscal year 2018.
In addition to the increase in sexual harassment complaints, 23 percent of business leaders reported a rise in discrimination complaints and a