Sexual harassment is an issue rampant across almost every working industry in the country. Unfortunately, despite attempts at combating it, it continues to prove a source of much grief for workers.
But did you know that physical sexual harassment is not the only form you have protection from? Non-physical sexual harassment is often just as big of a problem, but many workers are not even aware of it.
Why do more people know of sexual assault?
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission takes a look into sexual harassment at work. Sexual harassment often conjures up the image of physical assault or contact in some form. This could happen due to the media frequently reporting and focusing on stories that involve this element.
But sexual harassment does not always involve assault or even any form of physical contact. For example, many workers suffer through verbal sexual harassment. This can include openly sexual remarks or comments from other workers, or workers discussing a person’s sexual life in a derogatory manner behind their back.
Verbal sexual harassment
It can also include coercion and threats, usually from employers or supervisors. For example, they may threaten to demote or hold you back if you do not perform a sexual favor. They may also offer a bonus, promotion or other benefits if you provide these favors.
Non-physical sexual harassment can also include comments targeted at one’s gender rather than having anything to do with sex or sexuality, too. For example, a male co-worker making a comment about a female co-worker needing to “get back to the kitchen” or “go home and raise her kids” is a form of harassment. You can take action if you experienced any of these things.