New Study Shows Women in Leadership Positions Face More Sexual Harassment
A new study on workplaces in the U.S., Sweden, and Japan reveals that women who are in supervisory roles may face more sexual harassment in the workplace than women who are not in supervisory roles. Among the hierarchy of leadership positions, women in lower-level supervisory positions were more likely to experience harassment than women in higher levels of leadership.
When the study began, the researchers expected to find that women with less power in the workplace were harassed more. Possible explanations for why this turned out not to be so include that a woman in a supervisory position is exposed to new groups of potential perpetrators, meaning women can be harassed both by subordinate employees and higher-level management as well.
In all 3 studies, women with supervisory positions were subject to more harassment when their subordinate employees consisted mostly of men.
The study also showed that supervisors who experience sexual harassment also included more negative professional and social consequences, such as getting a reputation as a “troublemaker” or missing out on promotions or trainings that are offered to others at the company.
Because there are many sexual harassment definitions, this study addressed the risk of measurement error and included questions on whether or not particular behaviors should, or should not, be defined as harassment. This allowed the survey results to focus more on different treatment in interactions as opposed to different perceptions of interactions.
If you believe you have been discriminated against or harassed because of your gender, or retaliated against for opposing or reporting discriminatory conduct, 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.