Sexual harassment in the workplace is a well-known problem affecting businesses and professions across the spectrum.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines it as requests for sexual favors, unwelcome propositions and other physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature, when submission to or rejection of such conduct negatively affects a person's employment.
Following are a few surprising facts that you may not be aware of:
1. Did You Know It Could Lead To Depression?
The victims of such harassment tell their stories in an article on the Cosmopolitan Magazine website. Their accounts include the wish to commit suicide, feelings of depression, public humiliation, bullying and more.
2. Did You Know It Affects One Out Of Three?
Did you know that approximately one third of women in the workplace have been the subject of sexual harassment? Over the past 15 years, as women became more ubiquitous in the workplace, the EEOC has fielded around 7,000 to 9,000 complaints per year regarding sexual harassment.
3. Did You Know It Can Consist Of A Hostile Environment?
There are two kinds of sexual harassment:
- Quid pro-quo - Do a sexual favor and earn a promotion.
- Hostile work environment - The workplace has people that make unwanted advances, say sexually charged things or relate conquests to fellow employees even if they do not want to hear them.
4. Did You Know It Can Involve Just About Anyone?
Sexual harassment occurs in all types of circumstances:
- The victim, as well as the harasser, may be a woman or a man. The victim does not have to be of the opposite sex.
- The harasser can be the victim's supervisor, an agent of the employer, a supervisor in another area, a coworker, or a non-employee.
- The victim does not have to be the person harassed but could be anyone affected by the offensive conduct.
- Unlawful sexual harassment may occur without economic injury to or discharge of the victim.
5. Did You Know You Have Rights?
You have the right to work in a place free from harassment and discrimination. An employment law attorney can help uphold your rights and ensure that you are protected. Learn more by scheduling a consultation with a lawyer.