An extraordinary percent of women experience sexual harassment — most women either have experienced it firsthand because they were harassed or know someone else who is a victim of sexual harassment.
And while every sexual harassment case after sexual harassment case may not be surprising, it is disturbing and workplace sexual harassment is leading to a whole onslaught of other issues like post-traumatic stress disorder in victims who are now coping with the aftermath.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a government agency tasked with enforcing the laws that make harassment at work illegal, released a report last year detailing the findings of “The Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace.”
- Forty-five percent of the EEOC’s harassment claims were sex-based.
- At least 25 percent of women experience sexual harassment in the workplace.
- Seventy-five percent of harassment victims experienced retaliation when they reported it.
- Somewhere between 87 and 94 percent of employees experiencing harassment do not file a formal complaint.
- Sexual harassment costs companies millions.
Sexual harassment affects a business’ bottom line. in 2015, the EEOC “recovered $164.5 million for workers alleging harassment claims.” But, beyond that, employers face other direct costs in addition to legal fees.