Men and women can both experience sexual harassment in the workplace, which is why employers should have strong anti-harassment policies. Did you know that around one in six sexual harassment claims filed through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission involved males seeking assistance? Though sexual harassment is often discussed as if it’s only a female problem, the truth is that anyone can face it.
Take for example a study in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. It stated that around 50% of women and 20% of men admitted to being victims of sexual harassment in the military within a period of a year. In the restaurant industry, over half of men experienced sexual harassment from management. Around 70% admitted to being sexually harassed by coworkers.
Sadly, sexual harassment can happen to anyone, and that means that policies need to be inclusive. Whether male or female, victims should be treated fairly and those who harass them should be dealt with appropriately.
What should you do if you’re sexually harassed on the job?
The first thing you should do is to write down what happened. Remember as many details as you can such as the dates and times of the incidents. You want to be able to back up your claims and to be able to describe what happened clearly.
After that, you should speak to your manager or the human resources director. If they don’t handle the situation or the harassment does not end, then you may want to discuss what happened with an employment law attorney to determine if you have a sexual harassment case.