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Sexual Harrassment Statistics

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission tracks sexual harasssment statistics based on the number of complaints they receive. In Fiscal Year 2007, EEOC received 12,510 charges of sexual harassment. 16.0% of those charges were filed by males. EEOC resolved 11,592 sexual harassment charges in FY 2007 and recovered $49.9 million in monetary benefits for charging parties and other aggrieved individuals (not including monetary benefits obtained through litigation).

Other statistics can be found in a telephone poll conducted by Louis Harris and Associates on 782 workers revealed:
  • 31% of the female workers claimed to have been harassed at work 
  • 7% of the male workers claimed to have been harassed at work 
  • 62% of targets took no action 
  • 100% of women claimed the harasser was a man 
  • 59% of men claimed the harasser was a woman 
  • 41% of men claimed the harasser was another man
Of the women who had been harassed:
  • 43% were harassed by a supervisor 
  • 27% were harassed by an employee senior to them 
  • 19% were harassed by a coworker at their level 
  • 8% were harassed by a junior employee   
Studies suggest anywhere between 40-70% of women and 10-20% of men have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.

The very high percentage of sexual harassment reported as coming from a supervisor means that sexual harassment training of supervisors is vital. It's also a California requirement (through AB-1825).
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