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Majority of workers do not report workplace harassment

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, just 10 percent of workers in Arizona and the rest of the country submit an official complaint about the harassment they experience in the workplace. The reasons the remaining workers are reluctant to do so include the fear of retaliation and the belief that their complaint will not be believed. Based on a 2016 report from the federal commission, their reasons have sufficient grounds.

Restaurant workers lobby states for higher wages

Arizona restaurant workers likely know that sexual harassment is prevalent in their industry. According to employee advocates, one of the reasons for the problem is that tipped workers are often paid a low minimum wage and are forced to rely on tips, which often makes them the victims of harassment by customers.

Study finds changing patterns in sexual harassment complaints

Although reports of sexual harassment have dropped in Arizona and nationwide since 1995, some segments of workers have enjoyed more progress than others. Complaints to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have fallen by 40 percent since 1997, but a closer look at the data reveals that older women, minorities and employees at large companies continue to experience widespread harassment.

How witnesses are impacted by sexual harassment at work

Arizona workers may have witnessed one or more acts of sexual harassment on the job. According to a survey from Society of Human Resources Management, 17 percent of the respondents from around the country said that they had witnessed such an event. However, the actual number may be higher as people may not be forthcoming when asked about their own experience. This may be because they are afraid of being retaliated against.

U.S. House passes sexual harassment bill

Arizona readers may be interested to learn that the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would overhaul parts of the Congressional Accountability Act, the system that handles sexual harassment claims on Capitol Hill. The legislation was created in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

Monster Energy employees file sexual harassment lawsuits

Arizona residents who are fans of Monster Energy may be interested to learn that five women have filed lawsuits against the company. Multiple lawsuits stated that company had a history of abusive behavior by executives toward female workers.

Why some employees do not report sexual harassment

Arizona workers may be interested to learn that many individuals who deal with sexual harassment in the workplace remain silent. A survey from CareerBuilder showed that 12 percent of workers have experienced harassment. Of these participates, 72 percent have not reported the incidents to their supervisors or bosses.

The effects of sexual harassment on young workers

Much media coverage has been given to sexual harassment in the workplace. However, younger workers in Arizona and throughout the country may also be victims of harassment without even knowing it. One reason is that such behavior may be so common that it goes unnoticed. According to a survey from the American Association of University Women, half of respondents said that they had been sexually harassed while they were working during their school years.

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