It is vital for men to report sexual harassment suffered at work

It is vital for men to report sexual harassment suffered at work

| Aug 4, 2020 | Discrimination |

Sexual harassment in the workplace is one of the most harmful and humiliating events an employee can experience. Although these disturbing behaviors are not legal, the problem persists in many New Jersey and New York industries. The fact that some victims of sexual harassment in the workplace choose not to call out these behaviors is also disturbing.

As a nation, we have come to accept that women are the most likely targets of workplace sexual harassment. However, far too many men also suffer such harassment at work but remain silent about their ordeal. This harassment looks the same for both men and women in most cases and may include behaviors such as:

  • Inappropriate touching
  • Lewd and/or suggestive remarks
  • Requests for sexual favors
  • Inappropriate remarks about one’s appearance
  • Offering raises or promotions in exchange for sexual activity

Often, men experience sexual harassment in the workplace from their female superiors. However, their male superiors may also engage in these unwanted behaviors. This adds a gender-associated stigma to an already terrible work environment. In other words, men may be more likely to call out sexual harassment when it is perpetrated by a female rather than another male.

We understand why male workers do not want to draw any attention to sexual harassment in the workplace. At the same time, our lawyers feel that male victims should know why speaking out is important. When federal organizations like the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have accurate data to work with, they have a much better chance of understanding and addressing the problem successfully.

We encourage all victims of workplace sexual harassment to act against illegal and unwanted behaviors. A good first step is discussing your situation with a qualified legal advocate who can guide you toward a solution. Please continue browsing our website for more information.