With the #MeToo movement still fresh on America’s mind, many Missouri residents have witnessed a shift in attitudes toward sexual harassment as a whole. Contrary to what the average employee might believe, sexual harassment is a topic that has not gotten the full attention it needs; while the country may be taking steps forward, countless workers face difficult situations.
Taking this topic a step further, not only do employees continue to struggle with harassment, but some do not even receive proper sexual harassment training. Despite this fact, workers across the nation have looked to their rights to address these emotionally sensitive and challenging incidents.
The media has certainly shed light on the disturbing events that have taken place in Hollywood, and since the eruption of these stories, a plethora of victims have come forward. What, CNBC asks, does this mean for the average working environment? According to the report, one in five companies do not require or offer training on sexual harassment; less than a fifth of companies surveyed claimed they planned on offering bystander training. Although harassment policies exist, much of the problem lies in everyday interactions. CNBC goes on to discuss the debate surrounding disclosure and confidentiality in sexual harassment cases.
Looking to the Law
In a time of doubt — which a sexual harassment incident can certainly create — victims may feel lost for answers. The American Asssociation of University Women states that any act of sexual harassment violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. When it comes to reporting an incident, the AAUW shares that every detail is essential. These aspects can include the victim’s experience with the harasser or even the experience of reporting the incident itself. Employees can also document their productivity at work and any incidents that occur as a result, such as retaliation. The details of a case can vary depending on the situation, but the end goal is nevertheless the same: to protect the victim, and to preserve his or her well-being and safety.