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4 Obstacles Women Still Face in the Workplace

Hamsa Ramesha | HRPeople

March 22, 2010


Unfortunately, sexual harassment is a very real and persistent problem, one that’s harder to identify than you’d think. No matter how far we’ve come in terms of gender equality, there are still women who face this kind of behavior every day. Even though sexual harassment is forbidden under the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, women often fail to reveal their situation or aren’t able to provide sufficient proof. And all too often, such claims don’t even make it out of corporate bureaucracy.

Did you know that only about 5% to 15% of women report their harassment problems? According to a 2009 study by the University of Minnesota, women in positions of authority are more likely to be victims of sexual harassment. The researchers discovered that women in supervisory positions were 137% more likely to be harassed than women not in these positions.