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EEOC finds rise in sexual harassment complaints filed by men

April 25, 2019 - 4:00 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Turns out it wasn’t the happiest place on earth after all, or at least the accounting office for the cruise branch of Disney wasn’t for one male labor analyst.

He claims that his female manager created a sexually hostile work environment by talking constantly about her affairs, reserving a room for her exploits and firing him after he complained. 

In the #MeToo era, sexual harassment claims are receiving more attention, but one statistic is not as frequently discussed. 

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 17% of sexual harassment complaints are filed by men. 

The EEOC believes that men who face sexual harassment are more frequently harassed by men than by women. 

Regardless of the gender of the harasser, it is likely that workplace sexual harassment which is in general underreported, is even more underreported by the male victims.

Given that the taboo of discussing sexual harassment in the workplace is beginning to dissipate as more people are coming forward and more offices facing lawsuits, companies would be goofy not to take complaints by men seriously.