Sexual harassment is a nation-wide problem. Ever since the #MeToo movement, the news is rife with examples of both women and men being harassed by people in positions of power. Sexual harassment anywhere is unacceptable, but it is particularly hurtful within the workplace. Unfortunately, a recent study says California has higher rates sexual harassment than the rest of the nation. Experts have a few theories regarding this finding.
The study was conducted by researchers at the Center on Gender Equity and Health at UC San Diego. The researchers report that while 81% of women in the United States say they have experienced sexual harassment, 86% of women in California have said the same. When looking at men, the national percentage is 43% while the California rate was all the way up to 53%.
Researchers say that there is more to these figures than one might initially think. It could be that people in California are more aware of what constitutes sexual harassment and, therefore, more likely to report it as such. There are also several major cities on the West Coast which can increase the likelihood of street harassment. The researchers say that they want to conduct more studies to future explore the issue.
No matter the reason for sexual harassment, it can lead to a hostile work environment. Everyone has the right to feel safe in the workplace. Those who have questions regarding workplace sexual harassment may want to consult an experienced employment law attorney. Pursuing civil litigation may be the best way to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.