When people hear about sexual harassment in the workplace, they often assume the victim is a woman, but that isn't always the case. Men can also be targets for unwanted sexual attention while on the job, and they have the right, just like women, to not be treated that way. One male camera operator on the set of TV show "Criminal Minds" recently filed a suit here in California, showing how important it is for men to speak up when they experience sexual harassment. It can sometimes be difficult, but it is equally important as when a woman does so.
The man was originally hired to be a second assistant camera operator for "Criminal Minds" back in 2011. He alleges that the director of photography, a supervisor, harassed and battered him several times a week over the course of his career. The camera operator says his supervisor touched him sexually, screamed at him and threatened to fire or demote him. He also alleges that his supervisor prevented him from taking time off to care for his ailing daughter.
Other media reports say that this employee is not the only person who suffered workplace abuse at the hands of this director of photography. The state of California conducted a probe of the TV show's human resources department, but the defendant was apparently allowed to continue working on the set. The camera operator's claim also names ABC Studios and Warner Brothers Entertainment as defendants.
However this particular case turns out, it can serve as a reminder that men are often victims of sexual harassment the same way that women may be. No employee in any industry should be subject to a hostile work environment. Those here in California who believe they have been victims of workplace discrimination of any kind may want to consult an attorney to determine the best way to proceed and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.