Workplace sexual harassment is a common occurrence that people often hear
about or talk about. However, what often goes unanswered is, why these
employees do not report this behavior to their employer or human resources.
There are a multitude of reasons why employees do not report sexual harassment.
Often times these employees feel shock, denial, shame, or because they
depend on this job for survival.
When people try to imagine the type of person who would be willing to put
up with such inappropriate behavior, they often time imagine a struggling
single parent, a young adult simply trying to survive, or someone of limited
means. These individuals generally fear the potential retaliation that
will happen if they do report any sexual harassment. This fear is not
limited to losing their job, abuse, or a hostile work place but, future
employment. These individuals depend on their employers for future job
references and other job opportunities.
However, in a recent interview done with Megyn Kelly, these circumstances
and reasons are not limited to people of limited means, sexual harassment
is also common among highly ranked professionals. As discovered in the
interview with Kelly, these individuals also fear losing their jobs or
a hostile work place environment. Further, the size of the community they
work for may be so small, that a report of sexual harassment will negatively
affect their relationship with fellow coworkers, future employment, or
a potential investment opportunity.
Sexual harassment can occur in any workplace. If you or anyone needs help
or advice with sexual harassment, please feel free to contact our offices.
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