The frequency of sexual harassment in the workplace is hard to pin down, but a recent study conducted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reveals that anywhere from 25 percent to 85 percent of women are subject to harassment and many men acknowledge they see sexual harassment occur.
Proponents for change believe that the recent wave of sexual harassment claims from Hollywood to Capitol hill will only be a watershed moment if men who witness sexual harassment step forward and women stand their ground.
Typically, a minority of men will sexually harass women in the workplace and some are suggesting that the many men who do not, ought to say, ‘You know what, we’re not going to respect someone who disrespects women.” When that starts to happen, many feel that sexual harassment in the workplace will start to decline.
As for women personally experiencing sexual harassment at work, especially those working in lower level positions who may feel less empowered when unwelcome advances occur, they need to know they can speak out and realize that silence only perpetuates the problem.
It is vitally important to report incidences of sexual harassment which may include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. When harassment is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or results in an adverse employment decision, it is crucial to act.
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If you have been subject to sex discrimination, sexual harassment or retaliation in your Iowa workplace, contact Des Moines sexual harassment lawyer Marc Humphrey for assistance. With decades of experience in complex civil litigation, Marc Humphrey handles sexual harassment cases throughout the entire state of Iowa and he is relentless about pursuing justice for victims of Iowa workplace sexual harassment and sex discrimination. Call for your free and confidential consultation of your case today at 515-331-3510 or contact us online.