Women suffer a disproportionate amount of harassment than their male counterparts. In the last reporting year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) processed over 6,500 sexual harassment claims. According to a select task force on the study of harassment in the workplace:
Movies and television generally show male executives as perpetrators of the sexual harassment of subordinate women. However, a recent study from the Stockholm Institute for Social Research at Stockholm University showed women in positions of power are often targeted.
Data from the working conditions in Sweden, America, and Japan between 1999 and 2019 was used to conduct a study on women in supervisory positions. In their findings:
Another study from McKinsey found that 55% of women in senior leadership roles have experienced sexual harassment.
We strive to progress as a society and eliminate these hostile working conditions, hoping it will ease with more women in power. This data is a reminder to put aside assumptions and biases and focus on facts that flow through a reporting structure communicated to all employees.
If an employee files a claim against you or someone in your company alleging sexual harassment, it is important to act quickly. Failing to follow the proper steps will expose you to more liability:
Once the investigation is completed, it is best to seek advice on how to handle the next step. If you have determined there was no wrongdoing, you need to inform the complainant first. If you have found the allegations to be valid, the company must take action to remediate the complaint and prevent future sexual harassment.
When an employee alleges sexual harassment against you or one of your managers, it can be difficult to know where to turn. At Neva Stotler Law, our Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania employer defense lawyer has the skills, knowledge, and experience to handle this sensitive issue.
We will advocate for your best interests and guide you through the complex process of employee-initiated claims. Consult us today and schedule a case evaluation by clicking here or calling 724-841-5565.