A survey of 500 U.S. adults (250 men, 250 women) revealed that 35% of employees in the United States believe they have been harassed at work, and half of them believe this was based on their gender. The study, released by Hiscox, also found that 78% of those who were harassed said they were harassed by a male, and 73% said their harasser was in a position of seniority.
Among women, 41% said they feel that they have experienced workplace harassment.
The survey also revealed that some harassment was committed by women against men, some by members of the same sex, and some by non-company individuals, such as customers and vendors.
Of the 35% who reported feeling they had been harassed at work, 40% say they never reported the harassment to company management. The number one reason people failed to report it was fear of creating a hostile work environment.
Among those who did report the harassment, 37% say it was not handled properly by the company. When looking solely at the results among women surveyed, that number reached 49%.
When looking at generational results, millennials are the most likely to say they were harassed and were more likely to report harassment to company management or the police, with 76% of millennials representing they would do so.
85% of those surveyed said they are more likely to report incidents of harassment due to social movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp. And 51% of those surveyed said their companies had instituted new policies related to workplace harassment over the last 12 months.
If you believe you have been discriminated against or harassed at work, please consider contacting the lawyers at the Bullman Law Firm. We represent workers, not employers. Our number is (503) 987-5000. There is no charge for your call.