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Sexual harassment: a serious and pervasive problem in america

Sexual harassment is everywhere

More than four decades after the term “sexual harassment” was first coined to describe unwelcome, hostile harassment behavior on the basis of gender, the team at Better Life Lab has compiled a wide range of data and research. It has been analyzed so that its complete picture can be drawn. Incident and experience of sexual harassment in the workplace. We have not only focused on professional environments that have attracted the attention of the media and the public, but also expanded our analysis to all sectors. Industry division by gender and salary ratio we are also trying to understand the factors that drive sexual harassment. Some parts were found to be normal in all sectors and some are exclusive to a particular industry. We saw that sexual harassment in the workplace was a serious, pervasive and unsolvable problem. Although women make up nearly half of the workforce, sexual harassment continues in almost every sector of the economy, from male-dominated industries and jobs, from low-wage and precarious jobs to high-paying jobs.

Sexual harassment is systematic

Sexual harassment is not something that happens just because of circumstances or a short-lived desire. It is driven by power imbalances across sectors. Men occupy many more positions of power in all sectors of the economy. Even in areas dominated by women, men are more likely to become leaders, supervisors, and leaders. On all fronts, race and racism add another layer of systemic power imbalance.

The effects of sexual harassment are felt outside of the harassment interaction

This analysis shows that there are no sexual harassment or sexual harassment sectors unaffected. Sexual harassment harms victims’ lives, health, future prospects, financial independence and opportunities and costs companies not only legal costs but also loss of productivity, morale, efficiency and talent. Tolerating or inadequately responding to sexual harassment can impede women’s economic security and other goals, access to opportunities, and progress, which serve to maintain the status quo and the imbalance of power that fueled sexual harassment in the first place.

Women are the most common, but not the only, targets of sexual harassment

There are basic models of sexual harassment, but they do not capture the variation in the experiences of different groups of people and workers in different sectors. Data shows that across industries, lower-status women are the most common targets of sexual harassment by perpetrators, who are often higher-status men. Men, especially those who do not conform to traditional masculine norms, and others who are seen as outsiders, such as LGBTQ and non-compliant individuals, can be targets. Women can be bullied. Women of color, especially women of color, are more likely to experience sexual harassment than their white counterparts.

It’s not just bosses and colleagues who harass

In almost every sector, we have found that it is not just managers, supervisors and those in power who sexually harass targets. Bullying can come from colleagues, as is the case with some hostile work environment requirements. Sexual harassment is also common by third parties. This includes low-paid fast food restaurant workers who may be harassed by customers, as well as nurses, doctors, and healthcare professionals who may be harassed by patients. This includes high-paid lawyers who may be sexually harassed by other parties, clients and judges.

The difference between labor and civil rights laws poses a risk of sexual harassment for many Americans.

A number of workers in all sectors are not covered by existing civil rights and have few or no resources to report or complain about sexual harassment. These include the self-employed, entrepreneurs, workers in all sectors, and agricultural and domestic workers, some of whom face the additional challenge of unstable immigration status. Members of Congress and other legislatures have also exempted themselves and their employees from many civil rights laws.

Sexual harassment often results from stories, myths, and norms about women, men, and workers

Sexual harassment is supported in part by the stories we hear and the stories we choose to believe. Many organizations often try to protect high-performing superstars, creative geniuses, and rainmakers at all costs, thinking that success, innovation, or survival depends on one person, regardless of their behavior. About the ideal worker and income source The ideal housewife maintains an oppressive gender power dynamic rooted in the belief that women and others who do not conform to these traditional norms do not belong in the world of work and cannot compete. , and that men do not participate in care. These harmful myths not only sexually harass, but also foster an abusive and toxic culture that silences, marginalizes and destroys the potential and abilities of countless targets. Denial – the belief that sexual harassment does not happen in, say, a female-dominated environment, or that organizations have already fixed it – is another powerful false narrative that creates fertile ground for the development of sexual harassment.

It’s not just employers and co-workers who are harassing

We found that in almost all sectors, managers, supervisors and those in power do not sexually harass their subjects. The harassment may come from colleagues, as in the case of some allegations of a hostile work environment. Sexual harassment is also common between third parties. This applies to low-wage fast food restaurant workers who may be harassed by customers, and to nurses, doctors and healthcare workers who may be harassed by patients. This also applies to highly paid lawyers, who can be sexually harassed by counsel, clients, and opposing judges. Gaps in labor laws and civil rights create a vulnerability among large numbers of Americans to sexual harassment.

This includes independent contractors, entrepreneurs, concert workers from all sectors and farm workers and domestic workers some face additional challenges in relation to unsafe immigration status. Members of Parliament and other legislative bodies have also exempted themselves and their employees from several civil rights laws.

Sexual harassment is often caused by stories, myths, and norms about women, men, and workers.

Sexual harassment is driven in part by the stories we tell ourselves and the stories we choose to believe. Many organizations are often motivated to protect perceived high performers, superstars, creative geniuses and raindrops at all costs, and think that success, innovation or survival depends on that person, regardless of their behavior. The narrative of the ideal worker and owner’s breadwinner evokes a power of sexual harassment rooted in the belief that women and others who do not adhere to these traditional norms do not join and cannot compete in the world of work and that men are not supported These dangerous myths drive not only widespread sexual harassment but it also fosters a despicable and toxic culture that silences, neglects, and spoils the abilities and potential of countless goals. Denial – the idea that sexual harassment does not occur in a female-dominated environment or that the organization has addressed – is another powerful false statement that highlights the abundance of sexual harassment.

Harassment falls into two main categories: gender-based sexual harassment and gender-based sexual harassment

Sexual harassment comes in approximately two forms: harassment that focuses on sex and desire for sexual or romantic connection, and sexual harassment. Sex-based harassment is not usually about sexual attraction or sexuality. Physical, verbal, and symbolic gender-degrading behavior offends and degrades a person’s gender in an attempt to take power, control behavior, or coerce those who do not fit in certain professions or leave the profession altogether. Across industries, workers experience these different types of sexual harassment, some of which exceed legal standards for paid sexual harassment or are so severe and widespread that they create a hostile work environment that negatively impacts their work. However, other people experience bullying (usually gender-based bullying). Although this does not necessarily meet the legal standards, it still has a negative impact on the work life and work culture of many people.

The cost of firing is high for many, which can embolden bullies, silence targets, and normalize sexual harassment. Male-dominated jobs are better paid than female-dominated jobs. The gender pay gap is one of the smallest of all sectors. Therefore, targets and audiences may at times ignore sexual harassment or refuse to file for fear of losing a high-paying job with the promise of a niche in the middle class. Highly paid professionals can also remain in a toxic and sexually harassed environment because they have invested so much education, time, and effort building their career, network, or reputation that they risk being labeled outcasts or ostracism. The silence of the victims. All of this creates a workplace culture where sexual harassment can be normalized.