Workplace sexual harassment is defined as “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
When this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment” (The United States’ Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – EEOC).
Throughout the United States workplace, 79% of sexual harassment victims are women and 21% are men.
Out of those numbers, 51% were harassed by a supervisor.
Though sexual harassment happens in most professions, business, trade, banking, and finance are the biggest industries where sexual harassment occurs.
In 2017 the Me Too movement swept through the world and brought a fresh focus on sexual harassment in workplaces.
It was followed by increasing awareness and confidence of victims, to file charges against sexual harassers.
In many cases, both the harasser and the victim are forced or choose to leave the organization.
The estimated cost of sexual harassment for U.S. businesses in 2019 (including legal fees, settlement payouts, decreased productivity, increased employees turnover, and reputational harm) is approximately 575 million dollar.
Sexual Harassment can also be analyzed and traced through employee’s behavior.