What is Workplace Harassment?
It is unsolicited, unwelcomed, inappropriate behavior or treatment in the workplace that offends, humiliates or intimidates an employee or co-worker.
... The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received nearly 31,000 Unlawful Harassment Claims in 2010 (out of a record 99,922 charges filed also alleging Discrimination and Retaliation).
... of these 11,696 were Sexual Harassment Claims which resulted in $48.4 million in damage.
... 100% of women claimed the harasser was male; in 43% of cases it was a supervisor; in 27% of cases a senior employee; in 19% of cases a co-worker; in 8% of cases a junior employee.
... 16.4% of sexual claims were from men, 83.6% from women.
... 59% of men claimed the harasser was female. 41% were harassed by another man.
... 62% of sexual harassment targets don't take action (Louis Harris & Assoc. survey).
... The average single claimant lawsuit incurs defence costs of $250,000.
Sonic Drive-In Settles Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Suit for $2 Million.
Manager harassed over 70 female workers, including teens, and retaliated against victims who complained. Some employees were forced to quit after the employer failed to rectify the situation.
Ricoh (Greensboro, N.C.) to Pay $125,000 in Harassment and Retaliation Suit.
Three workers (a Puerto Rican, a black Liberian and a Columbian) were subjected to verbal harassment of a racial nature.
The female manager harassed them by saying she "hated Puerto Ricans"... "Hispanics are so stupid"... "Columbians are good for nothing except drugs"... "damn, f***ing Africans...ain't worth s**t".
The harassment was allowed to continue despite their complaints. All 3 were eventually suspended, then fired.
Most larger companies today have complaint handling procedures in place to investigate and resolve problems concerning workplace harassment in a fair and impartial manner.
Companies that don't address the problem, who retaliate, or allow retaliation to occur against a complainant, risk legal consequences and hefty damages.Workplace Sexual Harassment is alive and well.
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