Understanding workplace sexual harassment of males

By law, any person in a management or supervisory position in California is required to participate in at least two hours of training pertaining to sexual harassment on a bi-annual basis as noted in the Society for Human Resources Management. This is just one of the ways that the law attempts to maintain safe work environments free from unwanted sexual advances, retaliation or other stresses associated with this form of discrimination for all Beverly Hills employees.

When hearing the term sexual harassment, many people automatically think of women as being the victims of such actions. While certainly numerous women are negatively impacted by such harassment, a growing number of men today are the targets of sexual harassment. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, more than 16 percent of all complaints regarding sexual harassment from 2010 to 2013 pertained to men as the victims.

A look at sexual harassment of men

One of the reasons that there has been an increase in sexual harassment claims by men was suggested in a Forbes report. The article asserts that it has only recently been that enough female workers have been in the leadership positions the come with the power to dominate subordinates including men. This change puts more men at risk for being harassed by female superiors.

However, it should not be thought that all male sexual harassment is perpetrated by women. Hazing, sexual requests and more can all be initiated by male superiors in a workplace setting against male subordinates.

A problem across the country

It is not just in California that men in the workplace should be weary of discrimination or harassment as these situations are seen in various parts of the country. Some examples include:

  • The resignation of the head of the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement was brought about essentially by allegations of sexual harassment made by multiple male subordinates as noted by the New York Daily News.
  • A Take Part report provided information about complaints filed with the EEOC by two men against a large restaurant chain. The complaint centered around the restaurant's unwillingness to hire male employees for specific jobs. A lawsuit has subsequently been filed.
  • According to the International Business Times, a member of a Texas law enforcement group was awarded $200,000 beyond the initial request in a suit against a former boss. The case focused on multiple requests for sexual acts and other such behaviors over multiple months.

Civil rights and employment laws are intended to protect all employees, not just women, and these cases illustrate how more and more men need such protection today.

What California men can do

Men who believe they have been the victims of sexual harassment or other forms of discrimination deserve help. Contacting an attorney as soon as possible is recommended for anyone in this situation.

Sexual harassment of men can be a complicated issue. Talk with an experienced attorney from the Law Offices of Todd M. Friedman, P.C. At our firm, you speak directly with your attorney, which minimizes anxiety and saves you time.

Call 424-285-6006 (877-619-8966 toll free) or email us to schedule an appointment with an experienced lawyer from our firm.

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