9 things you might not think are workplace harassment, but definitely are
Sexual Harassment and Your Rights on the Job - Women Employed
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Much of the conversation around sexual harassment in the workplace is dominated by large, global businesses. But sexual misconduct is a major issue for small businesses as well. In this piece, the author discusses three ways small business leaders can work towards a safer and more inclusive workplace: First, they should be conscious of the factors that lead to a toxic work culture. Second, they should establish clear policies outlining what sexual harassment behaviors will not be tolerated and what employees should do if they see or experience misconduct. Finally, they must enforce these rules by designating clear roles for people within the organization.
When my friends and I began to enter the workforce, the only thing realer than our bright and shiny independence was the brutal reality of being women on a sales floor. Something about how we waited on tables or stocked shelves evidently invited lewd comments, unwanted attention and even physical assault. For every time we had a creepy male customer waiting just outside the shop door for us to get off work, another one of us had to bite back curses and insults when her customer groped her when she walked by. It was either her dignity or her job. In a recent study conducted by ABC News and The Washington Post, at least 25 percent of women polled said they faced sexual harassment at work, 70 percent of whom saying they never reported it.