Workplace Sexual Harassment Reporting Still not Where it Needs to be

By Oren Peleg

The growing cultural phenomenon that is the #MeToo movement has given many victims the courage to share their stories of workplace sexual harassment. The spotlight cast on this topic might give the impression that victims everywhere now feel emboldened to speak up.

Well, despite all the perceived progress, CNBC reports that it’s becoming clear that too many victims are staying silent.

More than 800 private-sector workers spanning different industries were polled late last year on the topic by CareerBuilder. Of the 12% of workers who claimed to have been subjected to harassment on the job, 72% of them never reported it.
Rosemary Haefner, a chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder had this to say about the startling results of her company’s survey:

“There’s a stigma of shame, denial and fear of consequences that surrounds these victims, making it often difficult for them to come forward.”

The site also published information on the age distribution of victims who reported incidents of workplace sexual harassment.

Age

Yes

18-34

17 percent

35-44

11 percent

45-54

10 percent

55 and older

9 percent

Haefner would now like to see companies step up to the plate and prove to victims spoken and unspoken for that complaints will be dealt with.

“Companies need to do a better job making sure all employees understand that sexual harassment will not be tolerated in the workplace and reports will be taken seriously,” she said.

Check out the full article on why so many incidents of workplace sexual harassment still go unreported. 

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