While many people believe that it is only women who can experience sexual harassment, the reality is that there are many men who go through troubling situations as well. They may be harassed at work by clients or coworkers, employers or supervisors.
Unfortunately, many men don’t want to come forward and speak out about what has happened, because it is somewhat taboo in our society. You should know, though, that if you are harassed on the job, you do have a right to speak out and hold your employer accountable if they do not take steps to end the harassment.
An American Association of University Women survey also reported that out of male graduate/professional students, around 29.6% reported some form of sexual harassment while studying. Over one in three men reported experiencing verbal sexual harassment in a 2018 study. That’s approximately 34% of men.
Men are not exempt from sexual harassment
Although many fields are male dominated, that doesn’t mean that men are exempt from sexual harassment in the workplace. Indeed, many do face harassment from male and female colleagues, clients, supervisors or employers.
In the same 2018 study, 22% of men surveyed, around one in four, stated that they had experiencing cyber sexual harassment. That might include receiving unwanted sexual imagery or videos, for example.
What should men do if they are sexually harassed in the workplace?
If a man is being sexually harassed in the workplace, it is a priority for him to ask the offender to stop what they are doing. If he does this and the other party does not stop, then he should speak with the Human Resources department in the workplace (if it is available) or to a supervisor or employer.
In that case that none of these avenues are available, it is a good idea to reach out to an attorney to discuss how to move forward. It may be necessary to report the harassment to an agency such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Take all evidence of the harassment that you can to your attorney, so that you can get more information on what to do next.