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3 Reasons Why Workplace Sexual Harassment Occurs

No one should ever have to endure sexual harassment at work for any reason. You should always feel safe and comfortable at your job, especially since you likely spend more of your waking hours there than you do in your own home.

It can be puzzling to try and understand why someone would sexually harass another, especially at work where you have to see the same people every day. Here are three of the most common reasons for workplace sexual harassment.

#1 - Power relations.

When a person has more power over another, it can cause them to act in unusual ways. Unfortunately, since men tend to hold more power than women in the workplace, females are more likely to endure abuse that is sexual in nature.

#2 - The notion of the “proper” male role in society.

In the workplace, male hostility towards women is intimately linked to men’s attitudes toward the “proper” role of men in society. Studies show that most men in the U.S. perceive masculinity as being able to provide for their families. Women in the workplace can then be seen by some men as a threat to the traditional male role in society.

#3 - A company culture that implies approval.

Some workplace environments accept a particular employee’s eccentric yet untoward behavior, but not everyone is comfortable with these types of attitudes. No one should be excused from following the established code of conduct.

We Can Help Sexually Harassed Employees

If you’ve endured sexual harassment in the workplace, you deserve justice. It is unacceptable for sexual harassers to get away with abusing their colleagues. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our skilled team right away to learn more about what we can do to fight for justice on your behalf.

Contact our team of skilled attorneys today with the details of your case by calling (800) 543-4829 or by filling out the online contact form.

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