Poll: A third of women say they’ve been sexually harassed at work

On Behalf of | Nov 23, 2017 | Employment Law

The issues of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct continue to roil American politics and media. The list of powerful men accused of wrongdoing seems to grow by the day.

A new poll suggests that the list might keep growing. According to the recently released survey, more than a third of American women say they have suffered sexual harassment in the workplace.

The poll was conducted by National Public Radio, the Public Broadcasting System and Marist. In Milwaukee, PBS programming is carried by WMVS and WMVT, while NPR national radio programming is on WUWM.

According to the poll, 9 percent of men say they have experienced workplace sexual harassment or abuse. While the overall rate of sexual harassment or abuse in the workplace is 22 percent, an overwhelming majority of Americans say their employers do an adequate job of protecting workers. (Eighty-five percent of women say on-the-job protections are adequate, while 88 percent of men say the same.)

Sixty-four percent of respondents said the accuser is more likely to be believed, while 18 percent said the accused is more likely to be believed.

Across the nation, women have come forward to recount stories of sexual harassment and abuse. Earlier this year, a number of women accused film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, misconduct and assault.

The list of men accused of harassment or abuse also includes Senate candidate Roy Moore, Sen. Al Franken, PBS host Charlie Rose, comedian Louis C.K. and others.

Federal law and Wisconsin law both prohibit sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace. To discuss the circumstances of your situation and learn more about your legal options, contact an employment law attorney.


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