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Workplace sexual harassment

Sexual harassment in the workplace received a great deal of media coverage in Texas and around the country in 2017, with numerous high profile people in the entertainment industry and other occupations ending up resigning their positions as a result. Several surveys have been taken on the subject, and while the results are not necessarily consistent, they do show that it is indeed a problem.

Depending upon the survey, anywhere between 22 and 60 percent of the women respondents said that they had been a victim of such unwanted behavior. In one poll, 30 percent of the women said that they had been the target of unwanted sexual advances from a male co-worker, and 23 percent said that the perpetrator was a supervisor or a man who had a similar influence over their work positions and situations.

One observer believes that the wide disparity among the surveys may be due to a variety of factors, including how the questions were worded and the fact that some women workers are uncomfortable talking about these experiences. The timing of the surveys also might have played a role, as those that were taken later in the year after much of the publicized incidents had taken place may have affected how women responded. There was also a disparity between the responses from female workers and their male counterparts. For example, while 83 percent of women in one poll stated that sexually explicit emails constituted harassment, only 69 percent of the male respondents thought so.

No worker should have to be the target of sexual harassment. People who have had to deal with this situation might want to meet with an employment law attorney to see what recourse might be available.

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