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Why many harassment victims don't speak out

Sexual harassment has been covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of since 1986, and it gives important protections to employees in Texas and around the country. According to an EEOC report, roughly 90 percent of employees who have been harassed do not speak out. Common reasons for failing to do so include a fear that reports will not be believed or that those who report harassment will be retaliated against. According to a 2003 report, 75 percent of those who complained about being mistreated at work were retaliated against in some form.

2nd Circuit ruling could alter interpretation of Title VII

Texas employers aknow that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects against various forms of discrimination against employees. Under Title VII, employers are not allowed to discriminate based on sex. However, there was some debate as to whether this applied to sexual orientation. Now, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit has ruled that this is the case.

Complaints of sexual harassment sometimes solve the problem

When workers in Texas experience sexual harassment, they often decide not to report the problem. A recent survey conducted by CareerBuilder asked 809 full-time workers in the private sector about their experiences. Overall, 12 percent of them acknowledged that they had been sexually harassed, but the vast majority, 72 percent, did not report it. For the minority of people who did complain, a full 75 percent of them said their employers resolved the issue.

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.

Pregnant women have rights in the workplace

Pregnancy, although it is covered under the Family Medical Leave Act, is not a disability. Women often work through their entire pregnancies and return to their jobs within two months of delivering their babies. Unfortunately, pregnancy discrimination is a real problem in workplaces today. It's important for pregnant women to know their rights so they can protect themselves and their source of income.

Companies' responses to sexual harassment

There is no profession or occupation in Texas in which sexual harassment is not an issue. However, despite the prevalence of sexual harassment, a mere 30 percent of women who are victimized by sexual harassers make internal complaints. An even lower percentage will file charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, despite the fact that the companies may have knowledge that the sexual harassment is taking place.

How to spot sexual harassment at work

In 2015, a survey revealed that one out of three women experienced harassment at work at some point. When Texas employees experience such harassment, it may be a violation of their rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII prohibits sex discrimination, and sexual harassment is deemed to be a form of discrimination.

Court case could have implications for Texas employers

A woman claims that she was raped by another worker outside of work. Both the alleged rapist and the victim were workers for the Idaho Department of Corrections. At the time of the incident in August 2011, the man had been on administrative leave for another alleged rape that occurred in July 2011. The IDOC acknowledged to the woman that it knew about his history, and he had three prior complaints prior to the July 2011 incident.

When employees experience sexual harassment from clients

When many Texas employees think about sexual harassment in the workplace, they might immediately think about it being perpetrated by co-workers, supervisors or bosses. However, a study showed that sexual harassment coming from customers or clients could be just as damaging and as problematic for employees.

Workplace discrimination often starts in the hiring process

Some people in Texas take the view that hard work will bring job opportunities and career growth to people regardless of their race. Although success in the workplace requires dedication and skill development, data strongly indicates that blacks and Latinos face discrimination as soon as they even apply for jobs. Applicants from these groups receive fewer chances to interview, which translates into fewer job offers and reduced career potential.

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