Posted On: April 9, 2009 by

Jobs With The Most Reported Sexual Harassment Cases

Sexual Harassment at work goes unreported in almost 40% of the time. Approximately 61% of employees reported their sexual harassment to their superiors. According to statistics compiled within the last 5 years, the following jobs had the most reported sexual harassment cases:

Retail: 28%
Manufacturing: 16%
Government: 12%
Transportation: 9%
Professional (law, accounting, architecture, etc.): 9%
Education: 8%
Construction: 8%
High technology: 6%

With the downturn in the economy there has been a rise in the number of employment related claims including claims for sexual harassment. One reason is that an employee who may otherwise have looked the other way to keep her job, now finds herself unemployed due to mass layoffs and no longer has anything to lose by filing a claim for sexual harassment or other form of discrimination.

A hostile work environment exists when an employee experiences workplace harassment and fears going to work because of the offensive, intimidating, or oppressive atmosphere generated by the harasser based on race, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, marital status, or personal appearance. Hostile work environment is also one of the two legal categories of sexual harassment.

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