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Sexual harassment affects men, too

by | Oct 30, 2018 | Firm News |

While instances of workplace sexual harassment involving females are typically more likely to make headlines and news broadcasts, women are not the only ones experiencing this type of behavior while on the job. Regrettably, however, many male victims of sexual harassment hesitate to speak out and draw attention to the mistreatment. This often occurs because men have concerns about whether others will take their harassment claims seriously.

According to Psychology Today, the number of American working men who are reporting instances of sexual harassment is on the rise. In 2011, for example, men filed just over 16 percent of all sexual harassment cases logged with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission, though this number grew to 17.6 percent by 2013. Just what types of sexual harassment are American men experiencing in the workplace?

Gender harassment

Arguably the most common form of workplace sexual harassment that affects both men and women, gender harassment can take any number of different forms, and it can also be difficult to prove. This type of sexual harassment might involve anything from offensive jokes to rude comments or threats, but it can be difficult to determine what types of behaviors are harassing and what types might just be in poor taste.

Unwanted sexual advances

Unwanted sexual advances are another common form of sexual harassment that can also affect men. This particular form of sexual harassment can involve anything from unwanted or “accidental” rubbing or touching to threats, bribes or pressure to commit certain sex acts.

Sexual coercion

Unwanted sexual advances may turn into sexual coercion if you feel as if your job and livelihood may be at stake if you fail to submit to a harasser’s demands. If, for example, you get the impression that your job will be in jeopardy if you fail to date or agree to certain sexual demands, you may be a victim of this type of behavior.

Whether male or female, you do not have to accept sexual harassment in the place you earn your living. If you are a victim of this type of behavior, do not hesitate to call attention to the matter.