Sexual workplace harassment affects men as well

| Jul 11, 2015 | Sexual Harassment |

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a serious problem in California and around the country. Most of the time, these cases involve men approaching women. However, men can be victims as well. In a study conducted in Australia based on sexual harassment complaints filed in the last have of 2009, about 5 percent of them were filed by men who alleged they were harassed by a woman> Slightly more than 10 percent were from men who claimed they were harassed by another man, while women were also accused of harassing other women in about 6 percent of the cases.

Most of the the alleged harassers were employed in a senior role over the person who claimed they had been a victim. This was especially true for in situations in which a woman accused another woman of harassment. Most of the male-to-male harassment involved questioning of the victim’s sexuality and derogatory remarks about homosexuality.

Unwelcome physical advances such as touching, hugging, cornering or kissing was reported by approximately a third of the female-to-female group and about 40 percent of the male-to-female group.

Sexual harassment in the workplace is widely underreported in the United States. Men may feel less comfortable than women with coming forward and reporting incidents of offensive sexual comments or unwanted sexual advances because their situation may be less commonly recognized as sexual harassment. Regardless of preconceptions, legally the situation is the same regardless of a person’s gender. Sexual harassment can include sexually explicit materials in the workplace, lewd comments, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature that creates a hostile working environment.

Those who feel they have been victimized by sexual harassment may wish to speak to a lawyer experienced in employment law. In some cases, the pursuit of damages will have to be commenced with the filing of a claim with the appropriate state or federal agency.

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