Young women all across the United States are entering the workforce with high ambitions about their professional endeavors in the real world. Some of you may be entering an office atmosphere, a lab, a hospital, or in my case a cubicle for blogging and endless sites for shooting segments. Whether your boss or supervisor is female or male, sexual harassment in the workplace is a very real issue.
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Commission sexual harassment can include, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.Title VII defines sexual harassment as: only unwelcome sexual conduct that is a term or condition of employment constitutes a violation.
54% of people experience sexual harassment in the workplace, 79% of them being women. Experiencing this is at first, is a brush off the shoulders type of thinking, “Maybe he didn’t mean it like that.” Sadly, your boss most likely did mean whatever gesture or comment that was made. Experiencing this myself, I know the discomfort that comes along with being put in such a situation. Standing up for yourself, although may seem scary, in the long run is the best thing you could do for yourself professionally.
Make sure when entering your job you look over and become familiar with sexual harassment policies and guidelines in your office or business, it can only benefit you to have knowledge on the subject!