Saturday, April 17, 2010

Sexual Harassment Claims by Males Increasing

An interesting trend is emerging in American workplaces, spotted by the Workplace Prof Blog:
Recent EEOC and BLS data is showing an increase in the number of sexual harassment claims filed by men. Such claims have gone up 12% over the last three years and now stand at 16.4% of all sexual harassment claims filed with the EEOC. Part of the reason may be that more men have lost their jobs during the recession and, as readers know, when it's harder to find work, employment claims tend to rise. Indeed, states with particularly severe unemployment--like California, West Virginia, and Michigan have seen a comparably problem with male harassment claims. Although, interestingly, the highest rate is Utah, which has a low unemployment rate, but sees 32.% of its sexual harassment claims being made by men.

The Wall Street Journal's coverage looks more closely at the numbers:

Sexual harassment claims filed by men make up a larger percentage of claims than ever before.

State20092007
Utah32.2%21.7%
West Virginia27.333.3
Michigan26.616.6
Wyoming249.5
Wisconsin2318.7

See: More Men Make Harassment Claims

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