In some jobs, sexual harassment is more prevalent than in others. For example, the restaurant industry is overloaded with stories of workers being sexually harassed by bosses and coworkers.
A recent article published in The Daily Beast can provide us with insight into how sexual harassment can affect workers in the restaurant industry. The article mentions several examples of sexual harassment and corroborates its stories with data.
At the Texas Roadhouse in Ohio, female staff members claimed they were subjected to extremely aggressive sexual harassment by management. Female staff members at the restaurant were pressured by management to give sexual favors. Refusal to give into the demands of management could mean unfavorable shifts, demotions and job termination.
Stories such as this one are common, and the restaurant industry has earned a reputation for sexual harassment. In a survey of 688 current and former restaurant workers, 59 percent of women and 50 percent of men reported facing or witnessing sexual harassment. Additionally, 37 percent of all sexual harassment claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission come from waitresses.
Know Your Rights – Sexual Harassment Can Happen Anywhere
Restaurants are not the only businesses where sexual harassment can affect workers. Universities, sales offices, manufacturing plants, grocery stores and doctor’s offices have all been the target of sexual harassment lawsuits. In short, sexual harassment can occur anywhere, and it is important for workers to know what their rights are.
Quid pro quo sexual harassment occurs when workers are promised promotions and other benefits in return for sexual favors. In other cases, workers can be subjected to hostile work environments where they are exposed to sexual advances and comments.
Workers are protected from sexual harassment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and may have legal options against employers who violate their rights. Documenting evidence and contacting an employment attorney can help hold companies accountable for their actions.