Workers in Ohio and across the United States should feel safe to work in their place of employment. People should feel comfortable and able to perform their duties without fear of being harassed. Yet, sexual harassment in workplaces across the nation still continues. Although many people generally see women as the victims of sexual harassment, this is not always the case. Men too can be victimized in the workplace. However, many men are too embarrassed to report these types of incidents.
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, there were 7,609 reported incidents of sexual harassment in 2018. Of these cases, 15.9% were made by males. This number has increased from the 11% of sexual harassment cases reported by males in 1997. The true number of sexual harassment cases is thought to be even higher, as many cases of sexual harassment involving male victims go unreported. Men may be worried that a claim of sexual harassment could ruin their reputation or job within the company.
Sexual harassment can come in many forms. It may involve unwanted and unwelcomed advances or comments made toward an individual. People may feel threatened by these gestures or even made to feel that their job is in jeopardy if they do not submit to the sexual advances. The inappropriate behavior may be directed toward co-workers or come from bosses or managers, making it even more difficult to report. Some companies have anonymous lines where employees can report incidents of abuse and harassment without fear of retribution by higher-ups.