Carolyn Rashby, Megan R. Hutchinson (2013).
Male Sexual Harassment Claims: Training Is the Best Prevention.
While sexual harassment often is treated as a “women’s issue,” the problem of sexual harassment against men in the workplace is on the rise. Sexual harassment charges filed by men have doubled over the past two decades. In 2011, they accounted for 16.3 percent of all sexual harassment charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) — the largest percentage of such charges since the EEOC began reporting this data in 1992.
Why the increase? A straightforward explanation is that there’s simply more sexual harassment of men occurring in the workplace. It also could be that men have, over the years, become more comfortable lodging complaints about sexual harassment.
The rise in the number of charges may also be tied to an economy that was stalled. In particular, some experts posit that men who feel powerless or fear for their job security may be more likely to lash out at co-workers—female or male—including by sexually harassing them. And, men who previously would have left a job instead of complaining if harassed now have decreased job mobility, translating into less opportunity to escape the harassment. Instead of leaving the employer, they may file charges when the situation becomes unbearable.
Finally, some companies are saving money by cutting back on employee training, including harassment training for supervisors, so supervisors have less awareness of and fewer tools for dealing with harassing situations, especially the less common form of sexual harassment involving a male victim.
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