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Report: 64 percent of female journalists harassed on the job

Category: Hostile Work Environment, Sexual Harassment

For too long, women have faced harassment in the workplace. Despite the fact that such behavior is unlawful, women have been the targets of unwanted sexual advances, quid pro quo harassment, verbal or visual misconduct and inappropriate touching or assault on the job. And unfortunately, these forms of sexual harassment continue to happen in companies all across California.

A recent study suggests that women in one particular industry are frequently subjected to harassment in workplaces all across the world. According to the International News Safety Institute and the International Women’s Media Foundation, a shocking 64 percent of females in the journalism field have been mistreated. Instead of covering the news, these victims are now making it.

Researchers conducted a survey of 875 women who work as reporters, producers, camera operators and editors at media organizations across the world. The results of the survey were upsetting, to say the least, and reveal that sexual harassment has been and continues to be a serious issue in the industry.

Some of the most notable statistics in the report include:

  • Nearly two-thirds of the women who responded say they were subjected to abuse, intimidation and threats by others on the job
  • At least 50 percent of women who were harassed were mistreated by coworkers or supervisors
  • Over 13 percent of the respondents reported that they worked in a sexually-violent workplace
  • About 46 percent of the women were harassed specifically in connection with their job

These numbers reveal a very troubling situation for women who work in journalism and any other profession, as it shows just how prevalent sexual harassment continues to be. Any person who is subjected to mistreatment at work can struggle with depression, helplessness, anxiety and even the fear of losing a job. This can make it very difficult for victims to report such unlawful conduct. However, it is important for a person in any field to know that there are state and federal laws that protect employees from this type of misconduct. With the help of an attorney, victims of sexual harassment in California can protect their rights and explore options for pursuing compensation.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Women Journalists Face Rampant Workplace Abuse, Sexual Harassment: Study,” Catherine Taibi, Dec. 2, 2013

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