Sexual harassment is still prevalent in the workplaceWe want to be clear that sexual harassment can happen to any person in the workplace, regardless of their gender, sexuality, or gender identity. Yes, the #MeToo movement has certainly brought to light just how much sexual harassment is still a problem for women in the workforce. In fact, an NPR study shows that nearly 40% of women have experienced sexual harassment during their lifetime. However, please do not understand this means that men do not suffer from harassment. They can, and they do. Additionally, members of the LGBTQ+ community also suffer from high rates of sexual harassment in the workplace, particularly transgender individuals.
What does workplace sexual harassment look like in LA?Workplace sexual harassment takes place in many forms in Los Angeles. This includes comments, leering, and/or even more subtle forms. There are also situations where the entire workforce is permeated with sexually harassing innuendo. Sexual harassment can be physical. In fact, physical sexual harassment is perhaps the most well-known type of harassment in the workplace and involves direct physical contact with another person. This can include:
- Any type of unwanted touching of the body, clothing, or hair
- Non-consensual hugging or kissing
- Unwanted and uninvited shoulder or neck massages
- Purposely brushing up against somebody
- Purposely standing too close to somebody else
- About Another person’s looks
- Discussing sexual activities
- Referring to another person by names such as “sweetheart,” “baby,” “darling,” etc.