It seems like every day, a new name comes out: Another high profile public figure accused of sexual harassment.
In recent months, dozens of famous actors, directors, newscasters, politicians, and others have been publically accused of sexual harassment and assault. Victims have come forward with distressing details of inappropriate and unwanted sexual conduct made against them.
Victims have, perhaps, more solidarity than ever before. More and more victims are speaking up and encouraging others to do so, as well.
Sexual harassment in the workplace
It can be difficult for victims to speak out against the behavior. They may fear that they won’t get the support they need. They may fear repercussions (such as job loss or demotion) for speaking out.
Unfortunately, many do not get the help they need. Many let myths about sexual harassment get in the way of getting help. And many are not aware of the protections they are offered under the law.
Let’s take a look at three common myths about workplace sexual harassment:
- Sexual harassment only happens to women: Despite what many people believe, men can experience sexual harassment at work. According to a Washington Post poll, 10 percent of men reported experiencing sexual harassment at work.
- Sexual harassment only happens to attractive people: This myth is especially damaging, because it prevents people from getting the help they need because they do not think they will be believed. The fact is, sexual harassment victims can be all ages, all heights, all weights, all levels of attractiveness. Sexual harassment is more about dominance and power than how attractive the victim is.
- Reporting sexual harassment may result in job loss: It is illegal for your employer to fire you or otherwise retaliate against you for reporting sexual harassment. If this has happened to you, it is advisable to speak to an attorney as soon as possible.
Don’t let myths and misconceptions prevent you from getting the help you need. Talk to an attorney to learn about your legal rights and options.
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