In California, workplace sexual harassment is a harsh reality for many women. According to a study by the California Women’s Law Center, one in four women has experienced sexual harassment at work. Additionally, experts in the field, such as the National Sexual Assault Hotline, indicate that 70% of sexual harassment victims are women. Furthermore, only 25% of sexual harassment victims report the incident (EEOC).

Therefore, in this instance, we discuss some actions to reduce sexual harassment in the workplace and some resources of interest to report if necessary. Keep reading, and let’s build more equitable workspaces!

How can sexual harassment manifest, and what are the consequences for the victim?

Inappropriate comments, unwanted touching, requests for sexual favors, or retaliation are actions that can qualify as harassment and can have severe repercussions for the victim. In addition to affecting the mental and emotional health of the individual, it can lead to anxiety, depression, and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It can also damage professional reputation and limit career development if not addressed with the required importance.

Now, how can we prevent sexual harassment at work? To do this, it is necessary for the company, employer, or human resources department to:

How can women protect themselves in case of this crime?

In summary, despite the existence of various mechanisms to combat workplace sexual harassment, there is still much to be done in the United States and California. While together, we can create a safe and harassment-free work environment for all women, we must also inform ourselves, report any irregularities against our coworkers, and educate others on how to interact appropriately in professional environments.


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