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90pc Women Victim to Workplace Sexual Harassment

by Tanya Thomas on August 13, 2010 at 10:30 AM
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 90pc Women Victim to Workplace Sexual Harassment

Nine in ten women, the shocking results of a new study reveal, have suffered some form of sexual discrimination at the workplace.

The researchers at the University of Michigan found that 10 per cent of the women surveyed had experienced the most severe form of harassment, in which they were promised promotion or better treatment if they were 'sexually cooperative'.


The study questioned women in two male-dominated environments - the US military and the legal profession.

It found that although few were subjected to actual advances, such as being groped, 90 per cent had been subjected to gender harassment.

This included offensive remarks about being female, their appearance, body or sexual activities.

The researchers argued that this 'leads to negative personal and professional outcomes and as such is a serious form of sex discrimination', reports the Mail Online.

Gender harassment 'creates a hostile environment that disadvantages women', they said.

The findings concluded that harassment victims fared poorly at work.

The study is published in Springer's journal of Law and Human Behaviour.

Source: ANI

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