A recent Cosmopolitan survey revealed that one in three women between the ages of eighteen and thirty-four have been sexually harassed while at work. The survey involved over two thousand full-time and part-time female employees and found that one in three women experienced sexual harassment at work at some point their lives. The survey indicated that the fields with the highest percentage of sexual harassment incidents are in food and service hospitality.
The survey revealed other disturbing statistics highlighting the fact that workplace sexual harassment is shockingly common. Here are some of the other results from the survey:
- Eighty-one percent of women experienced verbal harassment
- Seventy-five percent of women were targeted by male co-workers
- Forty-four percent of women reported being subjected to touching and sexual advances at work
- Thirty-eight percent of women reported being harassed by a male manager.
- Twenty-five percent have received sexually explicit text messages or e-mails from a co-worker or manager
Another shocking statistic is that, of the women who admitted to experiencing workplace sexual harassment, only twenty-nine percent reported the harassment. Seventy-one percent did not report the misconduct, according to the Huffington Post..
Do Not Suffer in Silence – Stand Up For Your Rights
If you are suffering the indignity of workplace sexual harassment, do not simply suffer in silence. As the survey shows, far too many women are being subjected to inappropriate behavior and harassment. The only way this will stop is by standing up for your rights.
An employer can be held liable for the inappropriate behavior of a manager or supervisor if their behavior creates a hostile work environment or results in retaliatory action taken against the victim. Also, an employer may be held liable for harassment by regular employees or non-employees if the employer knew, or should have known, about the harassment and failed to take corrective action.
If you are being subjected to workplace sexual harassment, you need to file an administrative complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Florida Commission on Human Relations. Your complaint will then be investigated to determine whether the agency can issue a legal remedy or inform you of your right to file a workplace sexual harassment lawsuit in court. A skilled Fort Lauderdale sexual harassment attorney can assist you throughout this process by creating and collecting the necessary documents and evidence for your case. They can also assist you in notifying the proper authorities and presenting a persuasive case to a judge or jury so you can receive the compensation you rightly deserve for having to put up with inappropriate harassment while at work.
Contact an Experienced Fort Lauderdale Sexual Harassment Lawyer Today
Attorney Mark J. Berkowitz has been practicing workplace harassment law for nearly two decades. He has assisted both private sector and public sector employees throughout the State of Florida. Contact his office today to learn more about how he can help you with your harassment claim and schedule a free, confidential consultation.