1 in 4 Women Have Been Sexually Harassed in Los Angeles, Poll Finds

November 18, 2011, by Okorie Okorocha

A recent poll conducted by ABC News and The Washington Post found that 1 in 4 American women claim they have been sexually harassed on the job, Forbes Magazine reports.

This is a disturbing statistic to think that millions of women face sexual harassment in Los Angeles and nationwide on a daily basis at work. A workplace should be free of that type of stress since there is likely many other areas that are stress-inducing.
Newport Beach sexual harassment lawyers have seen the emotional trauma that facing sexual harassment can cause to a victim of this type of behavior. It can be as simple as a snide sexual comment in the break room at lunch or a dirty e-mail that's inappropriate. Some co-workers take it as far as to hit on a co-worker or seek sexual favors for job promotions or hiring.

In light of the news of sexual harassment allegations against presidential hopeful Herman Cain, more and more is being said about this type of harassment. It can happen at work, in member-based organizations and even in public settings. None of it is lawful.

The Forbes column looks at the fact that sexual harassment has been going on for decades and yet there are still incidents of this happening every day. A recent survey cited by the article states that only 64 percent of Americans see harassment as a serious on-the-job problem, a drop from 88 percent in 1992.

Some female journalists have said that young professional women are more apt to shovel these sexual harassment incidents under the table and continue doing their jobs because they have tough skin. Another opinion is that they may get pressure from other female co-workers who don't want to "rock the boat" and get looked down upon by their male bosses.

Some female work advice columns, the article states, encourages women not to report harassment. They say a better avenue is to ask for a transfer, to report to a different boss. The mentality sometimes is that troublemakers will get looked down upon and that female employees should be able to take a joke.

But it's not a joke -- it's a power struggle and it can be damaging. No one should be forced to endure a work environment where they are uncomfortable, or worse, subjected to a daily routine of frustration.

The only way to make the behavior stop is with the help of an experienced Los Angeles sexual harassment lawyer. Trying to brush it off only encourages the behavior to continue. If a person is sexually harassed at work and nothing is said, a culture that says it's OK for sexual harassment to occur is born. It must be put to a stop and that only happens if action is taken. Otherwise, it will continue and will get worse.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of sexual harassment in Orange County or in any of the surrounding areas, it is critical for you to contact an Orange County Sexual Harassment attorney. Contact the California Legal Team at (800) 285-1763 to discuss your rights.

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Additional Resources:

Sexual Harassment Still Happens. So What?, by J. Maureen Henderson, Forbes.com