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Women more likely to identify harassment at work

Women in Texas workplaces often have different views of sexual harassment than their male colleagues. While this may seem to be common sense to many people, it is also backed up by the results of a nationwide survey of male and female workers. The questions about sexual harassment were included in the American Family Survey, a poll with questions about marriage, children and public policy. Questioners asked respondents about various types of behavior, asking whether each action was a form of harassment.

Women were more likely than men to identify specific behaviors as sexual harassment when carried out in the workplace. In some ways, this difference may be due to the widely variant experiences of women and men in the workplace. While nearly 60 percent of women said that they had experienced some form of inappropriate treatment at work, only 28 percent of men said the same. Over 25 percent of women said that they had been subject to unwanted advances by people in positions of authority at work or school, compared to 12 percent of men.

While almost 75 percent of women said that asking for sexual favors on the job was a form of sexual harassment, less than half of the male respondents said the same. Over 60 percent of women, but only 40 percent of men, said that looking at "private parts" on the job was a form of harassment at work. Another large gap was found when it came to workplace sexual jokes; women were significantly more likely to consider them harassment.

Despite the publicity received by the #MeToo movement, women continue to experience workplace discrimination and harassment on the job. Women who have experienced harassment, retaliation or other forms of gender discrimination on the job may contact an employment law attorney for assistance in taking legal action.

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