Blog

Sexual Harassment is Surprisingly Common in the Manufacturing Industry

dupage county sexual harassment lawyerIllinois employees are protected from harassment and discrimination by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Illinois Human Rights Act, and other legislation. Unfortunately, sexual harassment continues to be an issue in Illinois and throughout the United States. Harassment can come in many forms. Some workers are exposed to crude jokes and offensive remarks. Others are touched inappropriately without their consent while simply trying to do their jobs. Employees may also deal with managers, supervisors, or employers who attempt to gain sexual favors by offering work-related benefits.

Research shows that workers in the manufacturing industry are exposed to sexual harassment at an especially high rate. Both women and men who work in manufacturing may be victims of sexual harassment. If you or a loved one were the victim of sexual harassment while working in the manufacturing industry, read on to learn about how to address the situation.  

Manufacturing Workers and Sexual Harassment

The Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) processed more than 85,000 sexual harassment complaints between 2005 and 2015. Just under 12 percent or about 10,000 of the sexual harassment reports came from the manufacturing industry.

Manufacturing has traditionally been a male-dominated industry, but about 30 percent of manufacturing workers are women. Unfortunately, some studies suggest that many women working in the manufacturing field are subject to verbal and physical sexual harassment. A study published by the  American Association of University Women found that over 60 percent of women surveyed had been subjected to unwanted verbal advances and suggestive gestures. Disturbingly, an even greater number of women said that they had been victims of unwanted kissing or touching.

Although this study focused on female victims, men are also at risk of being sexually harassed at work. Research suggests that many men stay silent about workplace sexual harassment. Male victims may be uncomfortable filing a complaint due to fears of retaliation or ridicule. They may also worry that others will be less likely to believe them. 

Sexual harassment can have a profound impact on mental health. Men who have been sexually harassed at work are much more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.

What to Do If You Were a Victim of Sexual Harassment

Whatever your gender and profession, no one should tolerate sexual harassment. If you were sexually harassed at work, report the harassment in accordance with your company’s sexual harassment reporting policy. If nothing is done to rectify the situation or if you are retaliated against for making the report, it may be time to take legal action.

Contact a DuPage County Sexual Harassment Lawyer

If you were sexually harassed, contact our Wheaton sexual harassment attorneys for help. Call MKFM Law at 630-665-7300 for a confidential consultation.

Sources:

https://www.commerce.gov/news/blog/2021/03/making-place-women-manufacturing

https://www.industryweek.com/talent/article/21166599/why-are-women-more-likely-to-quit-jobs-in-manufacturing

https://theconversation.com/many-men-are-sexually-harassed-in-the-workplace-so-why-arent-they-speaking-out-93081

 

Recent Blog Posts

Archives

250 W. River Drive, Unit 2A
St. Charles, IL 60174
630-665-7300
Evening and weekend hours by appointment.

From our law office in Wheaton, IL the family law and civil litigation law attorneys of Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick and Mirabella, represent businesses and individual clients throughout the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois including Wheaton, Naperville, Oak Brook, Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, Lombard, Downers Grove, Burr Ridge, Lisle, Elmhurst, Oakbrook Terrace, Winfield, Woodridge, Warrenville and throughout DuPage, Kane and Kendall Counties.

Make a Payment
© 2022 Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC | 1737 South Naperville Road, Suite 100, Wheaton, IL 60189 | 630-665-7300
Kane County | Disclaimer Privacy Policy | Resources Sitemap
Take me to top
OVC, INC
Giving Back
Contact Us
Giving Back
Contact Us
golf outing

MKFM Law - Puttin’ for the Pets

The Hawk Golf Club

St. Charles, IL | September 12, 2022

Visit Website Close
Golf Outing

In honor of the passing of our founder, Joseph F. Mirabella, Jr., our offices are closed Friday, January 31, 2020.I Agree