The most settlements or awards, 25, occurred in 2007. So far this year, there have been eight.
2007 was also the year in which the most money was paid out — though 2002 was close. In each year, about $4 million was paid, accounting for nearly half of the 20-year total. So far in 2017, a little less than $1 million has been paid out.
The funds used for the settlements and awards come from a special Treasury Department account established in 1995 for such payments. In total, the Office of Compliance has paid $17,240,854 since 1997.
Given the high settlement figures in 2002 and the relatively low number of settlements, that year saw the highest average settlement amount, of nearly $400,000. Since 1997, the average settlement or award has been about $65,000.
To the point: We don’t know how many of the settlements above were related to sexual harassment, or how much those cost. We do know, though, that a broad variety of violations over the past 20 years have cost $17.2 million in taxpayer money.