Just How Prevalent Has Sexual Harassment Been in the Workplace?
With more than one-third of all U.S. female workers experiencing some form of sexual harassment in the work place, the practice may be more common than you think:
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- When conducting a study on the prevalence of sexual harassment in American companies, psychologists Louise Fitzgerald reached startling conclusions, finding that between 40 and 60 percent of women experienced some form of sexual harassment. These studies have often been cited in sexual harassment proceedings.
- When the U.S. government decided to investigate sexual harassment claims within their own agencies, the results were quite similar. The government concluded that, between 1992 and 1994, 44 percent of female employees of government agencies had faced sexual harassment.
- Between the period of 1992 and 2006, the number of cases that were reported to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) rose dramatically. While there were only 10,532 reports in 1992, the number increased to more than 12,000 in 2006, and peaked in 1997 with more than 16,000 charges. This could either be the result of an increased prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace, or an increased willingness to report it.
- There is a big disparity between the number of women who report being the victim of sexual harassment and the number of charges that were filed. This discrepancy could be because the employee may have felt that they would be retaliated against or just felt ashamed.
Even with the fluctuating number of cases over the past few years, it is clear that sexual harassment is still a significant issue. If you would like to learn more about your legal rights, contact our sexual harassment lawyers in L.A. at Jackson & Associates.