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Study finds differing opinions on sexual harassment

Florida residents and others tend to view sexual harassment differently based on their gender. That is according to research from a recent American Family Survey. Of those who responded, 60 percent of women said that they had experienced some sort of harassment, and most of those cases took place at work. Only 28 percent of men who responded to the survey said that they had experienced inappropriate conduct.

Men and women had differing opinions as to whether sexual jokes always constituted sexual harassment. Roughly 33 percent of female participants in the study said that this was generally the case while only 17 percent of male participants felt the same way. In addition to gender, the study found differences in how people responded to the survey based on their age, political affiliation and educational achievement. Generally speaking, those who were younger and had no college degree were less likely to report harassment or deem an action as harassment.

There was also a link between political affiliation and what was considered consent. Of respondents, 60 percent who considered themselves to be supporters of President Trump said that verbal consent should be granted before engaging in sexual activity. That number was 70 percent among those who didn't support the president. The researchers didn't say why that might have been the case.

Those who believe that they have been victims of sexual harassment may benefit from hiring legal counsel. Doing so could make it easier to gather evidence or otherwise pursue a claim against an employer. If an employee wins a case against an employer, he or she may be entitled to compensation. An employer might be considered liable in such a matter even if it had no direct knowledge of the harassment.

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