Essay on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Sexual Harassment in the Work Place
Headlines in newspapers, the evening news, and the internet report an increasing number of sexual harassment incidents in the public arena of politics. Imagine the number of incidents taking place in the larger …show more content…
According to the EEOC, women file the majority of sexual harassment cases; however, increasing numbers of men file, due to women advancing to positions of power within the workforce. Statistically, 100% of women report their harasser as a male, while men report harassment by both women and men alike. Alarmingly, a combined 70% of men and women report harassment from immediate supervisors or senior management, personnel with authority over the employee. Likewise, a combined 62% of victims elect not taking action by reporting harassment, perhaps for fear of retaliation.
Fear of retaliation discourages many employees from reporting sexual harassment. Retaliation occurs in various forms, including such adverse actions as demotion, job reassignment, or negative bias during a performance evaluation. Also, altering an employee’s work schedule or transferring them to a different shift may validate retaliation on behalf of the employer. Management and