Growing Rate of Male Sexual Harassment in the Workplace by Women
March 9, 2010
In yesterday's blog our Anaheim, California Employment and Labor Attorneys discussed the increase of male sexual harassment charges across the country being reported to the U.S. Equal Employment Commission, (EEOC) over the past ten years.
According to a recent article in the Associated Press, male sexual harassment claims comprised 12 percent of all cases ten years ago, and this number has grown even as the number of complaints has declined. In 2009, the percentage of lawsuits filed by the EEOC on behalf of male employees who claimed sexual harassment rose to 14 percent--a record high.
The majority of these charges reportedly involve men harassing other men, although some cases allege female harassment by co-workers or supervisors. The Associated Press reports that cases involving women making unwanted sexual advances toward male employees may be rising as more and women make up large part of the ever expanding work force.
In a recent blog, our attorneys discussed a lawsuit brought by the EEOC last year, in which a male employee of a Regal Entertainment movie theater in Los Angeles, California, claimed sexual harassment by a female co-worker and was awarded $175,000 in monetary damages. According to the suit, after complaining to the supervisor, she neglected to stop the harassment and retaliated against the male employee with poor performance evaluations and unfair discipline.
Mary Jo O'Neill, an EEOC attorney, claimed that many male victims reportedly do not want to stand up for their rights in the workplace, as they are afraid of not seeming manly, or being made fun or humiliated by coworkers or supervisors. She claimed that victims of sexual harassment often feel humiliation and a lack of control after the violations. O'Neill stated that men reportedly feel humiliation because people expect them to take care of the situation themselves, instead of filing a complaint.
According to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is unlawful to harass a person because of their gender. Harassment can include sexual harassment, sexual advances that are unwelcome, sexual favor requests, or physical or verbal harassment that is sexual.
Howard Law, PC protects workers' rights in sexual harassment cases and other labor and employment issues in Los Angeles County, Orange County and throughout Southern California. Contact us today for a free consultation at 1-800-872-5925.
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