More Men Claiming Sexual Harassment

According to and article in  THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, not only have men been hit harder by the recession, but a new study shows they are also increasingly reporting claims of sexual harassment. Around 16.4 percent (2,094 incidents) of all sexual-harassment claims were filed by men in the fiscal year 2009, up from 15.4 percent (1,869 claims) in 2006, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Employment lawyers believe that “locker room” attitudes and verbal abuse have been at the heart of many new claims. “More types of behaviors are put in the sexual-harassment bucket when men are the victims,” one lawyer says. Up until the recession, another added, men might have simply dealt with sexual harassment by finding a new job instead of suing. But with fewer jobs on the market, that choice is more limited.


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10 responses to “More Men Claiming Sexual Harassment

  1. I also have read that although accusations of sexual harassment and assault in the U.S. military are not new, these claims are on the rise and the victims are both female and male.

    Are we becoming a more violent people? Or are more people now speaking out?

    • wicked

      Oh, don’t worry about the military. Even the hint or rumor or made-up story is dealt with immediately, and not always with the accused given the chance to defend.

      But what I’m wondering is whether the sexual harassment claimed by men is men harassing men or women harassing men. Guess I should read the article, huh? 🙂 Not that I don’t think women sexually harass men. It was bound to happen at some point, and I’m sure it isn’t new.

  2. “Stephen Anderson, president of Anderson-davis Inc., a workplace training company in Denver, says filing a claim is often a no-win situation for a man. “If a woman is harassing you, people might think ‘What is wrong with you? You should be flattered,’ ” he says. In cases where another man is the harasser, the victim might be afraid that he comes across as unmanly or homosexual, he says.

    The EEOC doesn’t track the sex of the alleged harasser, but Ms. Lisser says the EEOC has observed an increasing number of men alleging sexual harassment from other male co-workers—and not as many cases of men accusing female bosses or co-workers of sexual harassment. Employment attorneys have also seen an increase in man-on-man harassment complaints.

    When he explains male-on-male sexual harassment claims to most people, the overwhelming response is something like: “Why didn’t the guy just hit him upside the head?” he says.”

    • wicked

      Gotta laugh at that last statement. Of course then there would be assault and battery charges if it came to fisticuffs.

      Thanks for clearing it up for me, fnord. I’m multi-tasking–trying to revise while trying to keep up with the blog and email. It’s either do it now, in bits, or do it later and end up staying up until dawn. This way I can ignore more. 🙂

  3. tosmarttobegop

    There is a bit of sexism when it comes to sexual assault and harassment.

    Men are not as likely to report a female assaulting them or harassing them.
    Even if it is uncomfortable and yes though not widely reported there is incidences of a woman raping a man.

    But a man on man is more likely to be reported if for no other reason then fear of being thought of as Gay.

    It is actually quite sad, I met more molesters where the victim was male then female.
    In a twisted logic, a girl being molested by a male is excused more often by the parents then if it is a boy?
    I question which actually happens more? One would think it is girls more then boys.

    But then again as I said, there are more incidences reported of boys being molested then girls.
    So a actually accounting is hard.

    As a man I will tell you that the thought of reporting being harassed by a woman would make me feel odd.
    But then I guess it would also depend on the woman who was harassing.

    But being harassed by a man would be so odd and in a sense actually frightful.
    Again though the fear would be that it would be thought I had encouraged it.

    I have only once had an incident of being sexually harassed and that was a friend’s mother who was drunk at 3 P.M. And I was 13 and kind of confused as to what she wanted.
    She was the neighborhood hot mom as the saying goes and married to a mean SOB.
    I ducked out the door as quick as I could and worried for about three days afterwards.

    And of course never told my parents about it.

  4. I think these men should be more careful about the clothes they are wearing to work. And that they should be very careful about the kind of signals they are sending when they are alone with powerful women. And if they can’t stand the heat, they should stay at home with the lawnmower where they belong.

    • Dano

      Not bad Paula. I get the message. But how about a real solution. If one is not produced, I really doubt that most men are just going to stay home and not work. And I could see less and less female complaints of sexual harassment being taken seriously, which is sending us backwards. Is this something you really want for women in the work place?

  5. Dano

    Interesting comments. But its all horribly true. It seams HR departments everywhere are at a loss on how to deal with female perpetrators in the work place. I have an abusive female manager now and I have a new approach to deal with her. I am going to contact her husband, off the record and tell him what is going on. I can’t knock any sense in to her but maybe he can. And don’t start jumping on the “battered wife” band wagon. Anybody who treats another with sexual harassment, male or female, deserves a good shot in the head. And I’d lose my job if I did it.