Sexual Harassment in the workplace is a serious issue that affects women and men across the United States. According to a 2011 study conducted by Langer Research Associates for ABC News/The Washington Post, an astonishing one in four women has experienced some kind of sexual harassment in the workplace. Moreover, one in ten men have experienced sexual harassment at some point during their time serving in the workforce. Nation-wide, 64% of Americans view sexual harassment as a problem.
Sexual harassment can cause a multitude of intense emotions for victims, but victims should not fear the loss of a position as a result of sexual abuse. It is important to remember that sexual harassment can occur in a variety of forms that may include verbal or physical abuse, or advances made over the Internet or in other digital formats.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, keep the following in mind.
- You should not fear blame for unwarranted sexual advances. As an employee, you have a right to work in an environment that is free from sexual harassment and abuse.
- Make detailed accounts of the abuse that includes the dates, times, and places it occurred. If anyone witnessed the harassment, make note of this as well. Save any documents that relate to the abuse.
- Seek the help and support needed to stop the harassment. We offer free and confidential consultations.
It has recently been reported by The New York Times that reports of sexual harassment in the military is up by 50%, a significant amount higher than in previous years.
For more information on my law firm’s experience with representing victims of sexual abuse, visit our sexual harassment practice page, and watch Managing Partner Susy Owen discuss the rights of sexual harassment victims in a video.
Don’t hesitate to call us toll-free at 1-800-676-5295 if you or someone you know has been a victim of workplace sexual harassment. You may also contact us via e-mail.