This is a mind blower. According to a new study, employees who are at higher risk of sexual harassment are getting paid higher salaries. salaries. The pay-off for putting up with possible harassment was an extra 50 cents an hour for men and an additional 25 cents for women. Really – that much!!
The report published in the American Economic Review, highlights one female mining engineer who preferred to put up with the inappropriate behaviour of male colleagues than take a lower paid job where she would have been treated with more respect.
Companies have traditionally shelled out more to employees who were at risk of being injured or killed. Now, it’s for sexual harassment.
The economy is not helping this horrible situation I suppose. With employment over 9 per cent for the last four years, people will endure almost anything to bring home a paycheck..
The study used claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission to compare the risks of sexual harassment by sex, age group and industry.
I didn’t have to tell you this but they found that women were six times more likely to be harassed than their male counterparts. And, the worst offenders were industries that are male dominated.
I worked on Wall Street, which is totally male dominated, for over 20 years, and didn’t experience sexual harassment. I think it’s because I let the guys know I had boundaries that could not be crossed. Working with all men is challenging. To earn their respect, I had to be good at my job, take criticism well, be supportive, a good listener and always maintain my femininity. Having accomplished all those things, they knew not to cross the line I had drawn in the sand.
Women should never have to put up with any kind of harassment or discrimination in the workplace. But, having said that, we are responsible for how we act and learn not to go looking for trouble.
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