An all-American survey conducted last year reported a sudden rise of sexual harassment in the workplace. According to CNBC, 19 percent adults claimed they were victims of sexual harassment, where 10 percent are men and 27 percent were women. Unfortunately, it is two times higher compared to the report from the previous years.
The survey also indicated that among this figure, 16 percent of the victims are aged 18 to 34 years old. This report is very much startling; for one, it is hard to imagine that professional individuals are able to commit such crime. Also, the number of people who experienced sexual harassment at work keeps on rising each year.
Is there a way to stop sexual harassment?
You can fight being sexually harassed at work. Preventing this crime starts by increasing public awareness and knowing how to take action when you encounter such situations. To begin with, here are the significant details that you must learn about sexual harassment.
What is Sexual Harassment?
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission states that sexual harassment is an act of sex discrimination that infringes the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This violation does not limit to any particular gender, employment organizations, etc. Anyone who is a victim of sexual harassment can file a case against the offender.
A sexual harassment includes any type of unwelcome sexual advances and sexual favors. This may come as a physical conduct or verbal in nature. Here are some of the circumstances wherein sexual harassment is present.
- Showing sexually inappropriate advances in the form of images, videos or giving salacious gifts.
- Withholding the promotion or development of employees because of refusing sexual favors.
- Promising promotion and success in work by accepting sexual favors.
- Doing sexually suggestive or offensive actions.
- Sex discrimination through lewd jokes and verbal actions.
- Inappropriate physical touching and gestures.
- Offensive sexual comments and discrimination on gender identity.
Any coincidences that fall between any of the above situations is considered a form of sexual harassment. The aforementioned list is just some of the examples of this act. Thus, you have to be observant and alert.
Whether it is your colleague at work, your supervisor, one of the management staff or your employer, learn how to speak. Do not let yourself be shrouded in shame. If you succumb to embarrassment and fear, nothing will happen to you. You will never earn the justice you deserve. And, most of all, this situation will happen all over again to another person.
You can fight sexual harassment by standing and voicing out. Ask help from your workplace’s human resource division or anyone who can help you to solve this problem. Moreover, consult legal professionals who can guide you in the right actions to take.
The good thing is there are several law firms all over the US that specializes in fighting work harassment. Find one near your location, or browse the web for details.
The answer to sexual harassment is on your hands. All you have to do is act on it. Help your friend or colleague who is suffering in this situation. Most of all, learn to help yourself.