By Bobbie Mae James
After the Me Too Movement was catapulted into public awareness in 2017 amid sexual assault and harassment allegations by female celebrities, sexual harassment has become an immediate, serious concern in both our personal and work lives.
In June 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released a report detailing the study of harassment in the workplace. The results were shocking. In 2015, the EEOC received over 28,000 harassment claims for both private and public employers. A majority of this 45% were sex-based claims, and the majority of these claims were due to sexual harassment. The report also stated that at least 25% of women experience sexual harassment in the workplace, meaning one in four women. Furthermore, between 87% and 94% of employees who experience sexual harassment do not file a formal complaint. This is not surprising in the least, because it was also reported that 75% of people who reported workplace mistreatment faced some form of retaliation.