-On Sexual Harassment in the US Workplace-
Think Sexual Harassment and you’re liable to have an image of men assaulting women pop up in your head. Everyone knows what Sexual Harassment is; it involves someone overpowering someone else in the interest of initiating activities that are sexual in nature.
What they don’t know is, the rise of a recent trend in workplace incidents regarding Sexual Harassment filed by men.
In the outside world, where it is easily acceptable to be thinking that males can easily overpower females, the old perception may still be valid. Not so in the workplace. With the recent rise of female employment accounting for 62.4% of the United States’ total population, and the increasing number of women given a major position in companies, it seemed inevitable, and yet highly unexpected.
Statistics for 2010 show that 16.4% of the total Sexual Harassment cases are being filed by men against their superiors, with an estimated $48,400,000 having been paid in Settlement; an interesting number considering the number of women in positions of power have been ranging from 10-17% in the past years.
This has become a certain issue among workplace colleagues, as Sexual Harassment claims can be very obscure, but can cost the company and the employees both more than a fair amount of cash. As such it has been a noticeable trend to hold Sexual Harassment Trainings in the workplace, because apparently, women have just about the same tendency to abuse their power as men do. And unlike the outside world, power is transitional in the workplace, and one in the position of power is as much at risk for abusing it no matter what their gender.
However, one such circumstance blunts the effect of these claims. That being that 50-60% of the total complaints being investigated end up being judged as having no reasonable cause. This can mean two things: 1.) The accusation is baseless, or 2.) The accusation is being used as a weapon against a superior, or colleague.
More than once, employees will engage in light-hearted talk at work, and some may even include talk alluding to something sexual in nature. At times like these, a concerned employee may be reporting all sorts of things, while those in mutual understanding don’t care for it at all, making for a baseless concern.
A more serious version of these is the infighting of employees, exacerbated by some being in a casual relationship. There have been many people brought down by this type of accusatory defamation. Sexual Harassment cases are very public in the US these days, and most are often sensational, especially when dealing with big companies. One party will accuse another of Harassment where there is minimal evidence, causing the case to usually be an in-house settlement, or risk the suit going public, which would potentially harm both the company and all employees in its employ. This dangerous tactic has been seen used at an alarming rate in recent years, leading to stricter ‘no relationships’ code in many workplaces.
With the increasing proximity between men and women in workplaces worldwide, it is always advised to be prudent in dealing with Sexual Harassment. Some may even cause you to throw your pride away.
Since it’s such an obscure part of law to be dealing with, those concerned should always try to keep an acceptable distance with their colleagues and superiors, watch what they say, and remember to always be and act professional!
This document was started and accomplished on 05.21.12 by Alex Revamonte II for the sole purpose of being a Sample Article