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More sexual harassment reported in media than other industries

Texas moviegoers and entertainment buffs may be interested to learn that, according to a study, 41 percent of women who are employed in the media and entertainment industry reported that they experienced sexual harassment from a boss or a colleague at some point during their careers. Further, 22 percent of men employed in the media industry reported that they had also experienced instances of sexual harassment.

The study looked at eight white-collar industry categories, which included technology, consulting, healthcare, architecture and others in addition to the media and entertainment industry. It was found that, on average, 34 percent of women and 13 percent of men had experienced sexual harassment. Of these, 72 percent of women said that they experienced sexual harassment by a senior employee. Further, 57 percent of men who reported it said that they had experienced sexual harassment and discrimination from other men. Ultimately, however, the results of the study demonstrated that problems with sexual harassment were particularly rampant in the media and entertainment industry.

There may be several reasons for this. The media industry, for example, is driven by relationships. Top media figures are often the gatekeepers to visibility and opportunities, creating the potential for misuse of power. This misuse of power often comes in the form of sexual harassment.

It is illegal for companies to allow sexual harassment, sexual discrimination and retaliation for reporting sexual harassment to occur in the workplace. If an employee does experience sexual harassment and the employer fails to remedy the situation, the employee may have the ability to recover any damages that it may have caused. An employment law attorney may assist with gathering evidence that shows that the company was aware of the sexual harassment incident and failed to remedy the situation in an acceptable way.

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