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Women in charge may still face sexual harassment

On Behalf of | May 27, 2020 | Hostile Work Environment

Women can face unique challenges in the workplace, including unwanted advances and intimidation from male co-workers. Sexual harassment is not an issue unique to a specific group as even females in leadership and positions of power are susceptible to this type of unacceptable treatment. Research into the issue suggests that behind sexual harassment is often a desire to humiliate and intimidate, and women in charge are not immune to it.

Females in leadership positions may be targeted because they are in charge. Men may not feel comfortable with women being in authority over them, offering them feedback and having decision-making authority over their jobs. Because of this and other reasons, female leaders in Florida workplaces may actually experience sexual harassment at a higher frequency. However, they are also more likely to report the treatment. 

Every Florida employee deserves protection from sexual harassment in the workplace, regardless of one’s job title or position in the company. One step in this effort is to have informed training that provides guidance on how to recognize inappropriate treatment in a professional setting. Another important step is to have the right protocols in place that provide a way for victims to report harassment in a confidential manner without fear of retaliation.

Sexual harassment is a deeply problematic issue in many workplaces. Women in every type of job will find it beneficial to know what to do if they experience it and how they can protect their interests. In some situations, it may be appropriate to move forward with a civil claim against an employer.