Despite the fact that the vast majority – 98 percent – of American corporations now have sexual harassment policies in place, sexual harassment in the workplace is still quite prevalent. When it happens, it can be devastating for both the victim and the corporation.
Some experts believe that sexual harassment is rooted in the national culture, and therefore persists within the corporate culture. Historically, women have had fewer privileges in the workplace than men. Even now, they are generally paid less than men, regardless of their experience, their years of service, and their education. This inequality is further echoed in the fact that, across the board, there are more male CEOs than female CEOs.
Many believe that the above conditions create a male-centric atmosphere of tolerance when it comes to sexual harassment. This can lead both men and women to blame the victim for bringing it on themselves. That attitude can have dangerous consequences. Oftentimes, the victim is expected to quit, while the perpetrator is expected to stay.
A recent study presented a sexual harassment policy to employees of a government organization. Participants were asked to study the policy in groups. Surprisingly, when participants were interviewed individually, researchers found that the policy was generally misunderstood, and was perceived as threatening to male employees.
Although sexual harassment policies are essential, they are only one part of the solution. Corporations must also be willing to listen to victims and take immediate action to remove predators from the workplace.
If you have experienced sexual harassment at work, call the South Jersey sexual harassment lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates P.C. at 215-569-1999 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation in our Philadelphia office, from which we proudly serve clients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.