Many victims will not want the amount of their settlement to be public either because they do not want to be the subject of gossip, etc. for the rest of their careers. As it is, the EEOC has always required employees to keep sexual harassment investigations as confidential as possible to protect the privacy of victims (and, hopefully, innocent accused employees). Yet, this provision seems to turn the privacy concerns of many victims on its head even though not all of them -- or even many of them -- will receive settlements that will leave them independently wealthy. Will victims be required to choose between privacy and their pocketbook?
Thus, it is likely that more such cases will go to trial, making these situations more expensive, distracting, exhausting and demoralizing for both employers and victims. When many victims would prefer to get on with their lives and put a bad situation behind them, they will now be forced to litigate cases because an employer will not pay any settlement that is more than a cost of defense, if that. Neither side really enjoys a jury trial because it is often like flipping a coin.