Harassment in the Work Place

Workplace harassment is a pervasive problem that affects individuals across all industries. In a survey conducted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men reported experiencing harassment in the workplace. This number is likely even higher, as many incidents go unreported.

In an effort to address this issue, many companies have begun implementing harassment training programs. A 2020 study by the Society for Human Resource Management found that approximately 90% of companies with 50 or more employees provided some form of harassment training. This is a significant increase from just a few years prior. One 2018 survey found that only about 60% of companies offered such training.

Another report done in 2019 by EMBROKER found that 19% of EPLI (Employment Practices Liability Insurance) claims were due to workplace harassment. In 2020 the number in claims drastically spiked 115%.

Harassment training can be effective in reducing incidents of harassment in the workplace. A meta-analysis of research on the topic found that such training can significantly reduce the frequency and severity of the harassment. However, it is important for companies to ensure that their training programs are comprehensive and tailored to the specific needs of their workforce.

Progress has been made in addressing workplace harassment, but it still remains a significant issue. A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that 37% of women and 13% of men reported experiencing some form of harassment or discrimination at work. This highlights the need for continued efforts to address harassment in the workplace. This includes training programs and other measures to promote a safe and inclusive work environment.

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