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The increased focus on sexual harassment in the workplace and other venues will mean more claims for insurers to investigate. (Photo: Shutterstock)

There has been an avalanche of sexual harassment claims in the mainstream media of late as men in all areas of business have faced a wide range of accusations. As more and more women come forward to share their experiences, the reactions have been varied and no one disputes that sexual harassment exists in every industry.

For insurers, each claim will need to be explored and the outcome determined on the case’s individual merits. Some claims will be denied due to lack of evidence or the length of time that has passed since the incident, others may be covered by employment practices liability insurance.

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Patricia L. Harman

Patricia L. Harman is the editor-in-chief of Claims magazine, a contributing editor to PropertyCasualty360.com, and chairs the annual America's Claims Event (ACE), which focuses on providing claims professionals with cutting-edge education and networking opportunities. She covers auto, property & casualty, workers' compensation, fraud, risk and cybersecurity, and is a frequent speaker at insurance industry events. Contact her at [email protected]

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