According to the New York Post, 20 percent of men asked during a poll stated they had been sexually harassed in the workplace. However, due to underreporting and lack of understanding of what constitutes sexual harassment, it can be assumed that exactly how many men are victims is much higher. Even though the problem is far worse among women, men can be victims just the same, and in some cases, men are less likely to speak up about a problem due to embarrassment and the stigma that can come along with being a victim. If you are a man who has been made to feel uncomfortable at work, there are specific signs you have been sexually harassed.
Someone makes you uncomfortable by constantly talking about sex.
The workplace is really no place for conversations about sexual conquests or sexual activity, even though this kind of talk may frequently happen among co-workers and friends. If someone you work with is talking about sex on a regular basis specifically to you and you have asked them to stop but they're not, you could have a sexual harassment case on your hands. Consistent talking about sex to a point that you are uncomfortable can affect your ability to do your job and feel comfortable while on the clock.
Someone makes you so uncomfortable you try to avoid them.
One thing employers are taught to look out for to thwart problems with sexual harassment of women is to stay alert if a female is avoiding a co-worker, and men can react the same. If you feel uncomfortable around another co-worker and the reason is sexually motivated, such as unwanted advances or touching, you are definitely going to try to avoid them if you are like most people. In these situations, it is best to talk to a supervisor about the problem. You should not have to reorganize your workday because of harassment that is not your fault.
Someone at work is making you feel ashamed.
On the flipside of blatant sexual harassment that has to do with more indirect communication, there is harassment that happens a little more quietly that may not be immediately caught onto. For instance, say there is a female at work who has quite the sense of humor, but you become the object of her jokes because of your gender. She may crack jokes about your genitalia, your manhood, or your sexual activities in front of others. This is definitely a form of sexual harassment.
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