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How does sexual harassment affect workers?

On Behalf of | Jan 26, 2023 | Employment Law |

Sexual harassment can have a devastating impact on the mental and physical well-being of employees. Unfortunately, sexual harassment is not always apparent. Perpetrators of harassment might try to pass it off as a joke or accuse the victim of lying.

According to RAINN, sexual harassment is any unwanted verbal or physical advances directed towards an individual. Gender-based mistreatment might also fall under sexual harassment.

Victims suffer mentally and physically

One of the most significant effects of sexual harassment is the loss of self-esteem and confidence. Victims of harassment may feel humiliated and degraded. They may also have trouble sleeping, difficulty concentrating, and physical symptoms such as headaches and stomach problems.

Victims might be unable to work

Victims of harassment may feel uncomfortable and unsafe in their workplace, leading to increased absenteeism and a lack of engagement with their job. This can also lead to a decrease in employee morale and negatively impact the overall work culture.

Furthermore, sexual harassment can lead to financial consequences for the victim. They may have to take time off work for mental or physical health issues or may even lose their job due to the harassment. Sexual harassment might cause permanent damage to an individual’s ability to provide for themselves and their family.

Employers must have clear sexual harassment policies and provide training for all employees. It is also crucial for victims of harassment to feel comfortable and supported in coming forward and reporting any incidents. Employers can help protect their employees’ well-being and maintain a positive and productive work culture by creating a safe and respectful work environment.

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