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How workers feel about sexual harassment

Roughly 35 percent of workers throughout Texas and the rest of the U.S. say they have experienced harassment on the job. This is according to the 2018 Hiscox Workplace Harassment Study that included 500 full-time workers. Of those who said they experienced harassment, half said that it was based on their gender or sex. Companies that fail to recognize and work to put an end to harassment could face negative consequences.

These consequences could include a tarnished brand image as well as financial penalties. However, this could be difficult as 40 percent of survey participants who reported harassment said that they never reported it. Over half cited fears about a hostile work environment after making such a report. Of those who did report harassment, 37 percent felt that their reports were not handled properly. While anyone can commit harassment on the job, 78 percent said that the perpetrator was a man. Furthermore, 73 percent said that this person was in a position of power.

According to the Hiscox research, the rate of harassment was the same for companies with less than 200 workers as it was at companies with over 1,000 workers. However, larger companies were more likely to offer anti-harassment training. Furthermore, larger companies were more likely to have updated their harassment policies over the past 12 months compared to smaller firms.

Hearing lewd jokes, being given worse working conditions or facing termination based on a person's sex could all be examples of gender discrimination. The victim of such discrimination may file a lawsuit against their employer. This could be true whether the employer was aware of the harassment or not. An attorney may help a victim collect evidence of discrimination and obtain a favorable outcome in their case.

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