How Prevalent is the Issue?
studies have indicated that approximately 40-70% of women and
10-20% of men in the workplace have experienced some form of
sexual harassment. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
reviewed approximately 12,000 cases involving allegations of
sexual harassment in 2006. The number of cases continues to
increase annually. A growing trend is the filing of complaints
by men. The current percentage of claims brought by men against
female supervisors is 15.4%.
A telephone poll conducted on 782 employees revealed:
31% of the female employees claimed to have been harassed at
7% of the male employees claimed to have been harassed at
62% of employers took no action.
100% of women claimed the harasser was a man
59% of men claimed the harasser was a woman.
41% of men claimed the harasser was another man.
Of the women who had been harassed:
43% were harassed by a supervisor.
27% were harassed by a senior employee.
19% were harassed by a co-worker at their level.
8% were harassed by a junior employee.
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