Sexual harassment is not a problem that is limited to certain industries. Unfortunately, such occurrences can occur in all types of workplaces. Even though awareness of the issue has risen in recent years, unfortunately, instances of sexual harassment — most commonly against women — continue to occur.
If you have been subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace, you may have many concerns about making a report of the incident. This may be because of stories you have heard about retaliation, or it may be because your workplace has a hostile culture and you don’t believe that you would be supported by your coworkers. What victims of sexual harassment should know is that they have rights under the law.
Which industries have the highest rates of sexual harassment?
Workplaces that tend to be male-dominated typically lead to more instances of sexual harassment. This means that the construction industry or agriculture industry sees relatively higher instances of sexual harassment against women. Service-based industries often create a culture of harassment since workers rely on tips from customers. Low wage jobs also carry a higher rate of sexual harassment since workers often have less power and influence.
What are the rights of people who have become victims of workplace sexual harassment?
All workers have the right to a workplace that is free from sexual harassment. This means that they should not have to tolerate any type of behavior that makes them feel like they are in a hostile environment at work. Sexual harassment can constitute many different types of behavior. These include sexual advances, frequent pursuing or the making of sexual jokes.
Those who have or believe they have been victim to sexual harassment have the right to report this without fearing retaliation. This means that they are legally protected from being subjected to any type of punishment for reporting the issue. If you have been retaliated against as a result of making the report, you may be able to take legal action.
You should not have to tolerate any type of sexual harassment in the workplace. Tolerating such behavior could mean that your career and mental well-being will suffer as a result.