Are You a Scientist Who Has Suffered Sexual Harassment at Work?

Are you a scientist who has faced sexual harassment in the field? Many news outlets are reporting that abuse is rampant in the workplace for young female scientists.

The Washington Post, a study of 142 men and 516 women working in scientific disciplines revealed that 64 percent said they had experienced sexual harassment, and 20 percent said they had been victims of sexual assault. The paper reported that young female scientists were particularly at-risk.

The scientists had experience working in anthropology, archaeology, geology and other scientific disciplines, according to the Post.

“Our main findings – that women trainees were disproportionately targeted for abuse and felt they had few avenues to report or resolve these problems – suggest that at least some field sites are not safe, nor inclusive,” Kate Clancy, professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois and lead author of the study, said in a press release. “We worry this is at least one mechanism driving women from science.”

Who Should I Talk to About Sexual Harassment at Work?

Sexual harassment in any form is morally reprehensible and in many cases, illegal. There are two forms of sexual harassment in the workplace: quid pro quo and a hostile work environment.

Quid pro quo occurs when an employer bases employment on unwelcome sexual advances, sexual favors and/or other physical and verbal sexual contact. Hostile work environments involve an employer allowing for unwanted sexual behaviors, including advances, physical contact, remarks and photographs to occur within a workplace.

Contact our Los Angeles employment lawyers today if you are experiencing sexual harassment at your workplace. You could be entitled to damages. You should not have to suffer through unwanted sexual advances at work—you should be made to feel safe. Call us today to discuss your options.

Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles employment attorneys