When my friends and I began to enter the workforce, the only thing realer than our bright and shiny independence was the brutal reality of being women on a sales floor. Something about how we waited on tables or stocked shelves evidently invited lewd comments, unwanted attention and even physical assault. For every time we had a creepy male customer waiting just outside the shop door for us to get off work, another one of us had to bite back curses and insults when her customer groped her when she walked by. It was either her dignity or her job. In a recent study conducted by ABC News and The Washington Post, at least 25 percent of women polled said they faced sexual harassment at work, 70 percent of whom saying they never reported it. And, according to the National Women's Law Center , low-wage female workers particularly face high levels of sexual harassment.
Women at work: Changes in sexual harassment between September and September
More than seven in 10 people who experienced workplace sex harassment faced some form of retaliation — including termination, being sued for defamation and denial of promotions, according to a recent report. More than one in five described how sex harassment had a devastating impact on their economic well-being. Nearly one in five said the harassment had long term negative repercussions on their mental health. Graves said that until harassers are held accountable, workplaces will remain unsafe for everyone. Thank you! Please tell us what you liked about it.
Federal government websites often end in. It is unlawful to harass a person an applicant or employee because of that person's sex. Harassment can include "sexual harassment" or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person's sex. For example, it is illegal to harass a woman by making offensive comments about women in general.
Sexual assault, harassment, and abuse are widespread societal problems that impact Americans across race, gender identity, sexual orientation, income, disability status, and many other factors. Recent research has demonstrated the scope and impact of workplace sexual harassment. This online resource collection includes information about defining workplace sexual harassment, understanding the scope of the size of the problem, and the path to prevention. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, n.