How common is sexual harassment for male employees in North Carolina?

Men are just as vulnerable as women when it comes to sexual harassment in Texas workplaces. Knowing more about the subject can let men know how to handle a problematic situation.

Whenever we hear news about sexual harassment, in North Carolina and elsewhere, we often imagine a woman as the victim. How often are men victims? Are there reasons why men are not as vocal about their harassment as women? Getting answers to these questions is essential to helping men protect their legal rights and their dignity.

The statistics

From 1997 to 2011, the number of cases of men reporting sexual harassment in the workplace to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Fair Employment Practices saw a 15% increase. One thing to consider is that harassment against females receives more attention. What that means is that more men may experience sexual harassment in the workplace, they just do not report it. Shame and embarrassment may keep men from coming forward to speak out about harassment.

The contributing factors

Are there any differences in the factors surrounding the sexual harassment of men when compared to women? For one, men who do not neatly fit the standard definition of masculinity are more likely to experience harassment. Working in a pro-feminist work environment may also impact whether male employees are more likely to experience sexual harassment.

Ultimately, sexual harassment is often about domination and humiliation. Because men feel they should handle such harassment on their own without needing to go to HR or a supervisor, they can feel especially vulnerable to experiencing humiliation.

The fallout

Male workers may feel hesitant to report sexual harassment due to the potential fallout. For instance, coworkers may call the employee who reported harassment a "whistleblower" or "snitch." Additionally, a company may escape fault for the harassment if it takes action to address the behavior. The only problem with that is the action taken may not adequately resolve the behavior. It is not unusual for employees, both male and female, to face retaliation in the form of ridicule from coworkers.

Even if a male employee does not report instances of sexual harassment, his mental health may still suffer. Depression and anxiety are just two common examples of mental health issues that can result from experiencing sexual harassment. Additionally, men may attempt to cope by abusing alcohol, which can negatively impact their work performance.

No matter the gender of the person experiencing sexual harassment in a North Carolina work environment, getting legal help is of the utmost importance. Sometimes, employers do not take action or perform a thorough investigation, which can result in the situation worsening. A legal expert familiar with the law surrounding sexual harassment goes a long way in protecting employee rights and peace of mind.