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Some workplaces make you more vulnerable to sexual harassment

In 2015, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) commissioned a study on sexual harassment. The researchers were tasked with determining whether workers in certain workplaces were more apt to be discriminated against than others and if so, what could be done about it. The Select Task Force uncovered some alarming trends while performing their research.

The researchers determined that those individuals who are employed in certain work environments are more apt to be sexually harassed than others.

One type of worker that the researchers found experienced higher levels of sexual harassment than others included those who were employed in workplaces with marked power differentials. The researchers found women who worked in jobs dominated by men were most apt to be victimized.

The researchers also identified how rainmakers, or innovators in their field, often feel empowered by their career status to engage in an illicit activity because they believe that they're above the law.

Another type of worker that the researchers found is particularly vulnerable to falling victim to sexual harassment is anyone working for tips. EEOC data shows that at least 14% of claims filed with them are submitted by these workers.

EEOC data shows that female waitstaff who receive less than minimum wage experience twice the amount of sexual harassment on the job than those who receive the full hourly wage. Women who work in these types of jobs don't just experience sexual harassment at the hands of their bosses, but from their customers and colleagues as well.

The researchers also discovered that those workers who are employed on a temporary work visa or who lack a legal status are particularly vulnerable to being sexually harassed on the job. The workers most apt to have this happen to them are the ones employed in agriculture, housekeeping or janitorial services industries, garment factories, food processing and related fields.

Many of these workers don't come forward and report sexual harassment that they endure because they fear that they'll lose their legal status or be deported if they do so.

Sexual harassment is illegal, whether it comes from your boss, peers or clients. An attorney in Riverside can determine if the treatment that you've been subjected to violates the law. Your lawyer can also advise you how to protect your rights to a safe workplace if something illegal has occurred.

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