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Sexual Harassment Claims From Men on the Rise

Women still file the overwhelming majority of sexual harassment claims, but men are starting to assert their workplace rights more and more. Over the last 20 years, the percentage of claims filed by men has doubled from eight percent to 16 percent.

You might reason that men are experiencing more harassment, which might be the case, but that probably does not explain the rise completely. Officials suspect that male victims have become less reluctant to come forward.

And while some male complainants experience harassment from female colleagues, men-on-men harassment is the most common type reported. This often includes harassment for perceived or actual homosexuality as well as unwelcome same-sex sexual advancements. My guess is that while sexual aggression from female co-workers does exist, some men still want to avoid the stigma associated with reporting this — since you know, real men are supposed to want sex all the time from any woman. Or perhaps we're supposed to find "horny" women comical and nonthreatening. These assumptions don't change the fact that any sexual harassment victim, male or female, can have their well-being and ability to work negatively impacted by a hostile work environment.

Have you heard of any cases of female-to-male sexual harassment?

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Lindarogers Lindarogers 5 years
Maybe they will soon have to mention at job interview stage that you will get harrassed by these types of women who are already in the Company. Just ask the guy if he is cool to be employed and deal with it on a day to day basis ? It would be less trouble further down the line.
Lindarogers Lindarogers 5 years
Women are much more confident about chasing Men, I think Men need to Man up and admit they are no longer the hunter ! Men are very confusing these days, women have to work harder than men to be achievers. It's no wonder they get stressed and squeeze a few balls now and then, have to grab mnen on the go like fast food because theres no time as theyre working too damn hard !
joipamaran joipamaran 7 years
I Like this
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I'm glad more men are speaking up against it. I had issues with some cooks I worked with when I was a waitress... when I reported them NUMEROUS times, I had management tell me "They're just immature." They didn't want to fire the guy who gave me the most trouble because he was their up and coming head cook. BS. I was nice, I never did anything to them, and they just loved to give me a hard time (I also brought them cookies and cupcakes a lot). I'm really laid back, but when they would refuse to give me things for my tables, that was affecting my tip and wasting my time, it was personal. They also used to go around to the girls and take pictures with the phones under the uniform dresses. I once got burned by them on purpose too. What's sad is sexual harassment claims often go unanswered.
PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
I'm not suprised being how fast too many women are these days. The men should report them if they feel violated....and the men should be taken very seriously.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I also wonder if it's possible that harassment claims aren't being filed as often by women (either because they are being harassed less or because they aren't filing claims as frequently for some other reason). If the same number of men file claims and fewer women file claims, the percentage of claims filed by men would rise. I'm sure it doesn't account for the entire rise, but I wonder if it has contributed.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I'm not sure what the reason is behind the 20 year trend, but I know that there has been a sharp increase in all discrimination/harassment claims (especially claims filed by men) in the past year and a half. A lot of people have been laid off due to the recession, and they see filing an EEOC charge as a way to get some quick money. Sad, but true. Also, as the article points out, most of the cases are actually brought by men against other men. I've definitely seen some homophobic plaintiffs who seem to think that a gay man talking to them constitutes actionable harassment. It's important to remember that the article is only about the number of claims that have been asserted, not the number of claims that have actual legal merit.
merie33 merie33 7 years
I know of a case, it wasn't reported, but it definitely should have been. When I was about 17 I worked at a Dunkin Donuts there was this lady that worked there as well, she's close to 50 I'd say, and she constantly harassed the younger boys that worked there. She tole one kid, who was around my age, that she'd take him in the mop closet and show him things he never knew. He kind of laughed it off, but you could tell he was very uncomfortable because of it. She said alot of inappropriate things to the boys we worked with and no one ever said anything which is kind of disturbing.
jocupcake jocupcake 7 years
I haven't, but I am glad men seem to be feeling more comfortable about reporting this sort of behavior. Male or female, harassment is not something you should have to deal with in the workplace. And though it may be less likely, I completely believe that women are capable of being overtly/improperly sexual with men.
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