Whenever talk turns to the uncomfortable topic of sexual harassment in the workplace, most people envision a scenario where a male coworker or manager makes unwanted sexual advances on a female. However, sexual harassment can go both ways. A perpetrator can be a male or a female, and a victim can be a male or a female. Females can also make unwanted sexual advances toward male coworkers or tell lewd jokes that offend coworkers of either sex. It’s also possible for a male to sexually harass another male.
Overall, the victims of sexual harassment are overwhelmingly female, but the rate of male complaints continues to rise. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 11,364 sexual harassment complaints in 2011. Of those, 16.3% were men. That’s up from 13.7% a decade earlier. While sexual harassment complaints as a whole are decreasing, a larger percentage of those complaints are coming from men.
Business owners who are serious about preventing sexual harassment in the workplace need to make sure that male coworkers feel comfortable speaking up if they feel they are being harassed, and the sexual harassment training at your office should make it clear that men can just as easily be victims of sexual harassment as women.
At CRM Learning, we provide comprehensive sexual harassment training videos that will help train your entire workforce to make the workplace a sexual-harassment free environment.
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