An audit of sexual harassment policies among Louisiana’s executive branch agencies, including the four public university systems, found that Louisiana has spent approximately $5 million on lawsuits involving sexual harassment claims since fiscal year 2009. Auditors also sent a confidential survey to 30,000 Louisiana state employees to assess their knowledge of sexual harassment procedures, to which 10 percent responded. Among the survey questions was one that asked whether employees had experienced any degree of sexual harassment at work. About 16 percent of employees said they had experienced sexual harassment in their jobs. Of those, 19 percent said they reported the behavior to their supervisor, while 77 percent said they did not report it to anyone.
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