Sexual Harassment:

Causes of Workplace Sexual Harassment

In many cases, the cause of sexual harassment is rooted in the structure and nature of the workplace. The following factors can contribute to instances of sexual harassment at work:

  • Dependency on other co-workers for support and teamwork
  • Reliance on supervisors for career success and approval
  • Abuse of authority
  • Workplace bullying
  • Poor management
  • Job instability
  • Personal problems, such as divorce

Regardless of the cause, sexual harassment is illegal. If you have been experiencing harassing behavior at your job, fill out our free case review form. A sexual harassment attorney will review your claim and determine your eligibility for a sexual harassment lawsuit.

Female Supervisors and Sexual Harassment

According to a University of Minnesota study, female supervisors are most often the targets of sexual harassment. The study followed more than 1000 men and women from the ninth grade through their 30th birthdays. The study found that women, gays and men with feminine characteristics were the most likely to be harassed. The study also concluded that female bosses were 137% more likely to become victims of sexual harassment than women in non-managerial positions.

Although no working environment is immune from sexual harassment, many women who file harassment complaints work in fields that have typically excluded them. These can include jobs involving mining, firefighting, surgery and technology.

Sexually charged environments (those with frequent sexual jokes, sexually suggestive posters or those allowing the viewing of explicit online materials) can shape the way men view their female co-workers. For instance, in an office environment where obscenities are common, women are up to 3 times more likely to experience sexual harassment than those employed in an environment where such words are not allowed. In a workplace where dirty jokes are permitted, women are up to 7 times more likely to become victims of sexual harassment.

Male Sexual Harassment

While most sexual harassment claims come from female workers, men can also be targeted. However, because men are less likely to report the harassment, there is less information about this growing problem. Of the reported claims, many involved same-sex harassment, particularly of men who portrayed feminine traits. Several claims also involved men being harassed by female supervisors.

If you are being sexually harassed at work, a sexual harassment attorney can protect your rights. He or she can help explain your rights and take the necessary steps to end the harassment. To contact a sexual harassment lawyer today, fill out the free form on the right.