When Pennsylvanians experience sexual harassment in the workplace, they often hesitate to report their problems. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 75 percent of sexual harassment incidents go unreported. To improve this situation, a handful of researchers and technology developers have begun to experiment with web-based platforms that could make it easier for victims to report problems.
Pennsylvania residents may be interested to learn that Microsoft has released data about its internal investigations of sexual harassment complaints. According to information originally part of a company email to Microsoft employees, the company received 83 complaints in 2017 from within its U.S. workforce of over 65,000 people.
Sexual harassment has been revealed to be a systemic issue in workplaces in Pennsylvania and throughout America. However, some describe the issue as more of a power imbalance in the workplace as opposed to a problem with sex itself. Those who have been hit on or been asked out on dates may want to suggest that their employers create a sexual harassment training program.
Employers in Pennsylvania and around the country are encouraged to put procedures into place that make it easy for workers to report sexual harassment, but research suggests that this type of policy is only successful when workplace cultures are open to dealing with these issues. Most companies stress the importance of addressing discrimination and harassment during training or orientation periods, but researchers from the Society of Human Resource Management discovered that only about a quarter of the workers who witness or are the victims of sexual harassment report what they have seen or experienced.
According to a survey from CareerBuilder, 12 percent of respondents said that they were victims of sexual harassment on the job. However, 72 percent of those who claimed to have experienced such behavior did not report it. Furthermore, 54 percent of those who claimed to be victims of workplace sexual harassment did not confront their abuser. There are many reasons why workers in Pennsylvania and around the country choose not to report what happened to them.
Pennsylvania fans of superhero films might be interested to know that the second movie in the "Wonder Woman" series is set to be the first to adhere to new sexual harassment guidelines. The Producers Guild of America released the guidelines on January 19, and they provide a number of recommendations for the treatment of personnel during film and television production. The PGA has more than 8,000 members.
While a number of women face harassment in the workplace, the design of polls may cause the percentages reporting harassment to differ. Survey timing as well as the wording, placement and order of questions may all account for differing answers. Furthermore, some women are uncomfortable answering questions about harassment. Pennsylvania employees may not always have the same ideas about what constitutes workplace harassment.
Bartenders in Pennsylvania and throughout the U.S. experience the third-highest rate of nonfatal workplace violence. Even through they may be frequently subject to sexual harassment, some bartenders feel like they just have to deal with it. Many bars and clubs offer little formal training to staff. In some cases, they simply refer to the employee handbook or offer no guidance at all.
Pennsylvania fans of NBC's "The Today Show" were likely saddened to learn that star Matt Lauer was fired by the network for alleged sexual misconduct. Lauer's firing comes as part of a wave of sexual harassment cases sweeps through the entertainment, political and media sectors.
Pennsylvania residents are likely aware that lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle have been accused of engaging in sexually inappropriate behavior in recent weeks. Republican Roy Moore's chances of filling the vacant Alabama Senate seat were damaged when several women stepped forward to say that the former state judge had propositioned them sexually when they were teenagers, and there have been calls for Democrat Al Franken to resign in the wake of groping allegations leveled by four women.