Sexual Harassment Can Happen to Men, Too
The typical picture of sexual harassment in the workplace involves a man in a position of power making inappropriate sexual comments or requests of a female employee under his supervision. Similarly, one may think about men telling offensive jokes or sharing lewd pictures of women around female co-workers. While not reported nearly as often, these same actions can and do happen to male employees, and, as more women move into leadership positions in the workplace, these incidents are sure to happen more often.
Male Victims of Sexual Harassment Are on the Rise
Although the vast majority of sexual harassment claims each year are filed by women, the number of men reporting harassment in the workplace is on the rise. According to the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the number of charges of sexual harassment brought by male victims has risen steadily over the last 15 years from 11.6 percent in 1997 to 17.8 percent in 2012. It’s difficult to say if the increase is due to more men experiencing harassment or if more men are simply coming forward now to report the harassment. It can also be assumed that many men are too embarrassed to report incidents of harassment, so the number of men experiencing harassment may in fact be much higher.
Sexual Harassment May Come in Unknown Forms
Although just about everyone knows that a supervisor, male or female, making unwanted sexual advances towards an employee constitutes harassment, did you know that a gay man being teased by co-workers because of his sexuality is also considered harassment? Additionally, a man being harassed because he is perceived as gay is also considered harassment. Men may also make inappropriate comments or actions towards male coworkers, as well, and could be found guilty of harassment.
Sexual Harassment Towards Anyone is Illegal
No matter who you are, you don’t have to sit back idly while you are the victim of sexual harassment. If you have been made to feel uncomfortable in your workplace, whether you are a woman or a man, contact our office for a consultation. The attorneys of Morton Law Offices may be able to help you receive the justice you deserve and stop the perpetrators from continuing to act inappropriately.