Survey Says Most Have Experienced Sexual Harassment at Work

According to the Global Times, a recent survey discovered that nearly one in five women employees has suffered sexual harassment in the workplace. The survey conducted by a women’s rights group was published in the organization’s annual report.

Some 19.8 percent of 1,837 interviews showed sexual harassment in the work place, 37 of them were men subjected to sexual harassment, while 63 of interviewees were women.

Another 23.9 percent of those interviewed revealed they had heard or witnessed sexual harassment of co-workers. The organization listed top 10 sexual harassment instances including repeat staring to show sexual intentions over a period of long time, intentional approaching another’s body, soliciting with sexual suggestions via phone or email, cursing others with sexual content, asking for sex as benefits or an exchange, exposing privates, forcible touching, forcible hugging, unwanted kissing and unwanted sexual contact.

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, sexual harassment in the U.S. is a form of sex discrimination that violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Title VII. Instances mentioned above as well as other conduct of a sexual nature that creates an intimidating or hostile work environment can be seen as sexual harassment. The victim of sexual harassment can be male or female, and the victim does not have to be of the opposite sex. The harasser can be anyone in the work place, including a co-worker or a supervisor.

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