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Why are victims of sexual harassment reluctant to report?

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a serious issue that impacts both women and men. However, when an incident occurs many people are reluctant to report the matter to the proper authorities, and the reasons for this are often quite complex. Psychology Today explains why it's so difficult for victims fo sexual harassment in the workplace to make the matter known. 

Reporting can be intimidating for a number of reasons. Some people worry that their job will be impacted if they report issues to higher-ups. The fear is that proving the harassment will ultimately be an issue of one person's word against another, which can be scary if the person doing the harassing is a manager or supervisor. The victim might worry that their job will be jeopardized or they'll be passed over for promotions and raises. There is also a social fear that the person will be looked at as a troublemaker among peers. 

Hair style in employment bias familiar issue to many Missourians

To some, it may be just about fashion and fads. To others, it’s a world of obstacles and vehicles preventing or enabling you to live and thrive in a just and fair society. There’s a reasonable chance your first impression of the topic depends on your hair and your racial background.

Dealing with minimum wage violations

For many minimum wage workers, daily life can be challenging from a financial point of view. From struggling with bills to dealing with car problems, there are many different financial concerns that people may have, which can be especially difficult to manage for those who earn minimum wage. Unfortunately, some workers face additional complications when their employee rights are violated. For example, an employer may fail to pay a worker minimum wage, and they should be held answerable for this behavior.

Minimum wage violations can bring on a considerable amount of stress, and they can leave workers in a difficult position. Some people may be afraid to speak out against mistreatment because they are worried about losing their job, which would make life even harder from a financial viewpoint. Moreover, other workers may not even realize that their rights have been violated. For example, an employer may take advantage of a young worker who is not familiar with their rights as an employee.

Employee rights violations and teen workers

The rights of workers are violated in many ways, and we have explored many of these types of violations on our blog. It is important to keep in mind that every worker is in a unique position and every case is different. If you are a teen or you are the parent of a young worker, there are a number of unique issues that you should take into consideration to make sure that your rights (or your child's rights) are not violated in the workplace. Moreover, you should not hesitate to take action in the event that wrongdoing has occurred.

When it comes to workers who are minors, there are a number of special considerations. For example, there are laws to protect minors from excessive work that could interfere with their ability to succeed in school. Unfortunately, some young workers are taken advantage of and they do not recognize that their rights have been violated. Other violations include denied overtime, denied breaks as well as sexual harassment and discrimination.

What is digital eye strain?

Office workers in Kansas don't necessarily view their workplaces as hazardous. However, digital eye strain does pose a serious risk to workers' vision when spending hours a day staring at a computer screen. The American Optometric Association explains why digital eye strain occurs and why taking breaks from your computer screen is so beneficial. 

The act of working from a computer screen is quite different than dealing with print on a page. For instance, the angle which you're viewing the screen might make your eyes work harder. The text might also appear blurry or undefined, and glare from the screen can also cause discomfort and other bothersome symptoms. Keep in mind that on average, workers in America spend as much as seven hours a day looking at some type of digital screen. This leads to numerous visual disturbances, among other issues.

Sexual harassment and PTSD

When someone is sexually harassed at work, their personal and professional life may unravel in many ways. They may have to step down and find less lucrative work, or they may become stressed out or depressed as a result of the way they have been treated. There are many ways in which sexual harassment manifests in the workplace, and the consequences of this mistreatment can be significant. In some instances, those who have experienced sexual harassment may develop post-traumatic stress disorder, which can disrupt life tremendously. Moreover, some people struggle with PTSD without realizing the symptoms or the cause of this trauma.

If you are dealing with PTSD as a result of sexual harassment that occurred on the job, you may be going through a very hard time. Perhaps you are unable to work as a result of the hardships you are facing, or maybe you have developed a sleep disorder. PTSD can cause serious problems in personal relationships and it may interfere with life in all sorts of ways. Our law office recognizes that multiple challenges that victims of sexual harassment may face, and we believe that sexual harassment of any form should never be tolerated in the workplace.

How can older workers deal with discrimination?

While it's commonly claimed that age brings about wisdom, many older workers are simply not respected in the workplace. In fact, older workers may even be discriminated against or pressured to retire to make way for a younger workforce. Glassdoor offers the following tips on how older workers should address discrimination if and when it arises.

Even if it's unjustified, there may be a fear that older workers are not tech savvy. You can dispel this myth by staying in step with the latest office technologies, with a focus on those that are unique to your specific industry. You can also try to expand your knowledge base in general, which shows that you're willing to undergo training in order to learn new skills. Highlight this willingness from the initial job interview to prevent any misconceptions from developing. 

How can employers support transgender workers?

Transgender employees in Missouri must be afforded the same rights and respect as all other workers. When employers fail to take the proper steps workers can easily feel excluded or worse, which subjects them to an unnecessarily hostile working environment. To ensure employers know the proper steps to take when it comes to transgender workers, offers the following advice. 

Even a workplace with inclusive policies will suffer if the staff isn't appropriately trained on proper procedures. Along with including comprehensive rules and regulations on workplace decorum, management must also make diversity training a top priority. This provides other workers with examples of what types of behavior are not permissible in an inclusive workplace. It should also spell out the consequences of bullying or discriminatory behavior, as well as outline the steps that victims of workplace bullying can take to rectify the issue. 

Do microaggressions have a psychological impact?

Microaggressions are seemingly small slights that call attention to racial and gender differences. While some people believe that minor slights don't have much of an impact on a person's health and well-being, research shows that this is not the case. The Center for Health Journalism explains the impact daily microaggressions can have on a person's body and mind. 

While overt racism is still a problem, microaggressions are seemingly more prevalent these days. Microaggressions are verbal slights that fall short of open discrimination. They can, however, have a significant impact on a person's mental wellness. Because of this, they're sometimes referred to as "death by a thousand cuts" by some researchers. Some point to a link between depression and race-based microaggressions among people of color. This is especially damaging when microaggressions are afforded by health care providers, which prevents people from seeking treatment for illnesses.

What is gender-based harassment?

No matter where you work in Missouri, it is important to understand the rules that govern workplace behavior. With this information, you may ensure you act appropriately at the office and also know what to do if you experience some form of harassment at work. One issue you may not hear about often is gender-based harassment. This form of sexual harassment may not involve explicit sexual behavior, but it is still unethical and may violate certain workplace laws.

You may get more information on workplace discrimination and harassment from the Missouri Department of Labor. While the term "sexual harassment" usually refers to sexual advances, physical contact or violence, gender-based harassment covers other behaviors. If you hear slurs about males or females or experience negative stereotyping of your gender, it may be gender-based harassment. Other common examples of this type of behavior include denigrating language and epithets relating to gender.

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