California employees have the right to work in a place where they are not subjected to unfair or inappropriate treatment. Not only is sexual harassment inexcusable and inappropriate in any type of work environment, the victim can experience various adverse effects, including mental health problems. A new study finds that victims of sexual harassment are more likely to experience suicidal thoughts or attempt suicide.
There are often physical symptoms linked with experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace. Research has also found that victims can experience psychological issues, anxiety, sickness and more. The recent study looked at exposure to workplace sexual harassment and whether it impacted suicidal tendencies. In the study, researchers defined workplace sexual harassment as undesired advances or references to sexual relations. Around 4.8% of workers polled said they experienced harassment at work within the last 12 months.
After looking at all variables and factors that impact mental health, researchers concluded that this type of treatment a gave victim a suicide risk that was 2.82 times higher than non-victims. Victims also faced a risk of attempted suicide that was 1.59 times greater than those who did not experience workplace sexual harassment. It was concluded that this treatment was a grave risk factor for many victims.
This study underlines the serious impact that workplace sexual harassment can have on men and women in various types of California work environments. Employers should take this problem seriously, taking prompt action to deal with reports of this immediately. Instigators should be accountable for the damage they caused, and victims should have ways to report this quickly and easily. In some cases, those who experienced this type of treatment could have grounds to move forward with a civil claim.