We often think of sexual harassment in California in adult terms, but younger workers also suffer from this workplace scourge. In fact, a shocking study shows that one-third of American teenagers have been subject to sexual harassment on the job, a far higher statistic than many of us may have imagined. The fact is that no one is immune to this type of workplace experience, no matter his or her age. That is why younger workers need to remain particularly vigilant about the signs of sexual harassment -- and why they deserve added protections.
Younger workers often do not realize that they are being sexually harassed. Teens may tease each other at school, but those same actions in the workplace constitute a serious offense that could lead to a sexual harassment claim. Other workers who use sexual innuendo are often promoting a hostile work environment that can be difficult for teens to navigate. In a world in which only 5 percent of adult victims report sexual harassment, younger workers are even less likely to say something.