As this blog has noted over the last few months, notably a New York City Steakhouse Accused of same sex sexual harassment and The Cheesecake Factory settling a same sex harassment suit brought by the EEOC, the EEOC has released a report addressing the rise of male/male sexual harassment in the workplace. The report, released in early January, makes note that increasingly, men are coming forward with claims of harassment against fellow employees and their employers. This marks a shift away from traditional conceptions of sexual harassment, where males have traditionally harassed women in the workplace.
The EEOC’s interest in this behavior is reassuring, marking a stronger push towards the rights of all workers to do their job in a harassment-free environment. It also works to de-stigmatize the idea of same sex sexual harassment, and hopefully coax more individuals into reporting this illegal behavior.