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Sexual harassment in the law profession

Sexual harassment occurs in every type of profession and workplace in New York and elsewhere. As such, it should not be surprising that sexual harassment also occurs in the legal profession. However, a survey found that sexual harassment in the legal profession is particularly prevalent for both lawyers and other workers.

The study analyzed responses from nearly 7,000 participants from 135 countries. More than one-third of the women who participated stated that they had experienced sexual harassment in the profession. Approximately 7.4% of men stated that they had experienced sexual harassment. When the different types of jobs within the legal profession were taken into consideration, it was found that 52.5% of women and 18.2% of men who worked government jobs reported harassment. Alternately, the rates of sexual harassment were also high for women at 46.6% in the judiciary. However, zero men in the judiciary reported sexual harassment.

Additionally, the study determined the types of sexual harassment that were most prevalent. Topping the list at 67.9% were inappropriate humor regarding sex or gender. Sexually suggestive comments were the second most prevalent form of sexual harassment at 66.8%, and 52.2% reported being looked at in an inappropriate manner that left the respondents feeling uncomfortable.

All employees have the right to feel safe at their jobs. When an employee is being sexually harassed at work, that employee may find himself or herself feeling anxious, find it more difficult to get promoted or may even fear losing his or her job. If an employee is facing wrongful termination as a result of reporting the sexual harassment, an employment law attorney may assist with helping the employee seek compensation for loss income and other benefits that the worker may be entitled to.

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