In the wake of the #MeToo movement, more people have become more forthcoming about the harassment they have endured over the years. Although the movement has so far focused primarily on Hollywood and politics, harassment occurs in every industry. The issue may even be more prevalent than most people realize because some workers are still too afraid to come forward.
A majority of women will experience sexual harassment at one point or another in their lifetime. There is still much work to do to ensure everyone has a safe work environment. Employees should not hesitate to contact an attorney and file a harassment claim against the perpetrator. According to what data is available, certain professions are more likely to experience this kind of abuse than others.
Food service and retail workers
Women make up the majority of people who have low-paying customer service jobs. The disparity that typically occurs between having women as entry-level employees and having a male supervisor puts women at risk of harassment. Food service workers have a particular disadvantage because they are largely dependent on tips. Waitresses believe they need to put on a good demeanor even when dealing with unruly patrons who may harass the worker. Additionally, female service workers need to be mindful of a male boss who could impact the number of tips they receive.
Again, this is an occupation with a female majority. Around 58 percent of hotel workers in Chicago alone reported experiencing some form of harassment, which can range from guests answering the door naked to employers taking advantage of immigrant workers who have a limited English vocabulary.
The health care sector also tends to lean female. In particular, women of color tend to work in positions where they need to work with both the general public and many supervisors. Many women, regardless of industry, do not want to come forward for fear of losing a job. However, this problem will only improve if people speak up.