What's a fair price, in your mind, for a company to pay when an employee has endured sexual harassment that's put his or her career in jeopardy and caused serious emotional harm?
Between April and July of 2017, researchers sent an anonymous survey to members of the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) asking questions about sexual harassment within their profession in the prior 12-month period. On one hand, the results weren't really surprising. On the other, they may have terrifying implications for patients.
For many people, a demotion at work is worse than being fired -- especially if you know it's unfair -- or outright illegal. The frustration of knowing that you're being treated unjustly can combine with the embarrassment of having to go back into work every day with all eyes upon you and make your situation very uncomfortable indeed.
There's been a remarkable change in the way that America is approaching the idea of gender equality and rights -- especially where sexual harassment is concerned. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reports that it has filed 50 percent more lawsuits regarding sexual harassment in 2018 than in the previous year, and charges filed with the commission have increased by 12 percent.
America has been suffering from a lot of divisive beliefs lately -- including those surrounding the #MeToo movement.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is a complicated issue. People are often confused about what the difference is between generally boorish behavior and something that is legally actionable.
Did the former personnel chief of a federal agency treat his office as like a private hunting ground for women? Did he create a culture that treated women as mere objects -- many hired on solely because they were viewed as attractive possible partners for the personnel chief and his friends?
Sexual harassment is often thought of as a woman's problem -- especially today, when many women are stepping forward with allegations of sexual harassment in various industries going back decades. However, the latest accusations of sexual harassment to hit the news involve men who say they were harassed by the state's first -- and only -- female sheriff.
If you're pregnant, do you know your rights at work? What should you expect your employer to do (or not do)?
The #MeToo movement has reinvigorated the discussion about sexual harassment. It's in the forefront of the American consciousness perhaps like never before.