A recent American Family Survey studied the perception of sexual harassment on the job. The study, which also included topics of public policy, marriage, and children, showed there is a difference in how people of different genders and ages perceive harassment. It found that men and younger individuals were less likely than women and older individuals to constitute a situation as harassment.
One of the most obvious gaps in perception dealt with experiences. Approximately 28 percent of men said they had an inappropriate experience, while only six to 10 women said the same; women were more likely to say the incident occurred in the workplace.
Another glaring difference is in the number of sexual harassment claims by women versus men. More than 25 percent of women said they had been sexually harassed by a person in an authoritative role at work or school, while only 12 percent of men reported having the same experience.
Is this a reflection of what is really happening, or is it a reflection of perception? Given the wide range and ever-expanding number of reports after the #MeToo movement, it seems likely that many have gone without reporting the suffering they have endured until others gathered the courage to report the wrongs.
If you feel you are dealing with harassment or discrimination of any kind at work, you owe it to yourself to fully explore your situation. To learn more about how our legal team can stand up and protect your workplace rights, please call the Philadelphia sexual harassment lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. at 215-569-1999, or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in Philadelphia, we proudly serve clients from the surrounding areas, including Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, and Montgomery County.