Montana sees bump in sexual harassment claims

Montana saw an increase in November in the number of sexual harassment complaints filed such as those that have toppled the great and near great across America, but a state official hesitates to say if it is reflecting the national trend.

In 2017, Montana has seen 25 sexual harassment complaints, said Tim Little, attorney for the Montana Human Rights Bureau, which is in the state Department of Labor and Industry. The bureau is charged with enforcing state and federal laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination.

While the state usually sees two to three filings a month, seven were filed in November, Little said.