Sexual harassment in the workplace was put back into the national spotlight after former Fox News employee Gretchen Carlson alleged that Roger Ailes had sexually harassed her. According to research done by YouGov, 29 percent of women say that they have been the victim of sexual harassment compared to only 12 percent of men. Furthermore, 37 percent of women think that such harassment is common in the workplace.
This compares to 17 percent of men who think its a common problem and 27 percent of Americans overall who believe it's a common occurrence. Research also shows that more men than women believe that sexual harassment is rare or not a problem. Data shows that 16 percent of women believe that it is not common while 37 percent of men believe that it is somewhat rare to happen at work.
Of those who have experienced sexual harassment at work, 37 percent said that they had reported their experiences to management or took legal action after being harassed. As it relates to the Gretchen Carlson case, 63 percent of respondents say that they aren't sure if the allegations are true or not. Of those asked, 46 percent said that they weren't actively following the events in the case.
Those who experience a wrongful discharge or other retaliation after making a sexual harassment claim may wish to take legal action against their employers. An attorney may be able to review the case and pursue compensation or reinstatement to a individual's former position. Many cases start with the filing of a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.