20 years ago, sexual harassment in the workplace was brushed under the table by many, often even by the victims themselves who felt they had no recourse through their jobs or even Courts to stop the harassment.
Today things are much different, thanks to the actions in large part of Anita Hill. Twenty years ago, Ms. Hill testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which at that time was comprised of only men, speaking out against Supreme Court-nominee Clarence Thomas. Ms. Hill testified about the decade-long sexual harassment and abuse she had endured while working under Mr. Thomas at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which Commission ironically enough is the very government body which seeks to vindicates rights of employees who have been mistreated in their jobs in a variety of manners. In that year alone, the E.E.O.C. saw a 50 percent increase in the number of charges filed by employees claiming sexual harassment or abuse.
Although social awareness of sexual harassment has come a long way, it still has a long way to go. While many employers now offer classes regarding how to deal with sexual harassment in the workplace or other types of discrimination, it often does not prevent sexual harassment from occurring entirely.
The Harman Firm is dedicated to advocating for the rights of victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. Do you feel you are the victim of sexual harassment? Call today to speak with an attorney about your rights.