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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace When you think of Bill Clinton Monica Lewinsky Anita Hill Clarence Thomas or Lorena Bobbit what comes to mind If you are like many people sexual harassment probably popped in your head Due to these famous cases the number of sexual harassment complaints that the EEOC Equal Employment Opportunity Committee has increased by more than 50 Sexual harassment is a big issue nowadays in every business if left unattended it could cost companies thousands if not millions of dollars in damages In 1980 the Supreme Court ruled that sexual harassment was a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 From 1978 to 1980 sexual harassment cases brought against companies cost them 189 million This number rose to 267 million from 1985-1987 Although this number jumped significantly the rate of sexual harassment had not Damages are just not numbers Sexual harassment can cause harm to a companys image reputation customers as well as their revenue So why did Anita Hill not come forward with her claim of sexual harassment earlier Well in earlier years women use to think in order to get along in the workplace they must go with the flow of whatever may happen in the office Co-workers often looked negatively upon people who stuck up for themselves Mens behaviors at work had always been accepted without any questions When women were sexually harassed they had no where to turn to either Today the EEOC receives more than 16000 sexual harassment complaints in a year This is hardly the amount of situations that happen 95 of sexual harassment incidents are left unreported We cannot follow in our governments footsteps down this road Our so-called Congress is the worse place to work in dealing with sexual harassment Until 1994 they were not under compliance with any laws for the protection of workers in the workplace Even the regulations of 1994 did not provide strict enforcement so the problem remains
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