Too many instances of workplace sexual harassment go unreported. If you are among those who never reported experiencing harassment, it may be because you have valid concerns about facing termination or retaliation. Unfortunately, many employees who choose to call attention to sexual harassment in their places of business do face termination and retaliation. This has the potential to create a vicious cycle by scaring other workers away from coming forward.
Per the Mercury News, a study involving 46,000 sexual harassment allegations filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission between 2012 and 2016 revealed how often those who report sexual harassment wind up facing repercussions.
Termination and retaliation statistics
Study results showed that those who reported workplace sexual harassment lost their jobs within one year in 64% of cases. While this number is troubling, your chance of facing retaliation in the workplace after reporting this harassment is even higher. Over that recent four-year period, 68% of those who reported sexual harassment at work faced retaliation in the aftermath.
Lapses in reporting
Statistics show that the vast majority, or 99.8% of Americans who experience on-the-job sexual harassment, never file formal claims against their harassers. This is unfortunate, given that about 5-million U.S. employees experience this unwanted attention at work every year. However, only about 1,500 of the sexual harassment allegations made wind up making their way to court.
Also, of the small percentage of sexual harassment victims who do file claims with the EEOC, only 23% of them wind up winning any monetary awards. More about sexual harassment in the workplace is available on our webpage.