Sexual Harassment Statistics in the Workplace

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Approximately 15,000 sexual harassment cases are brought to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) each year. According to the EEOC, the number of sexual harassment complaints filed by men has more than tripled in recent years. Currently, approximately 11% of claims involve men filing against female supervisors.

A telephone poll conducted by Louis Harris and Associates on 782 workers revealed:

  • 31% of the female workers claimed to have been harassed at work

  • 7% of the male workers claimed to have been harassed at work

  • 62% of targets took no action

  • 100% of women claimed the harasser was a man

  • 59% of men claimed the harasser was a woman

  • 41% of men claimed the harasser was another man

    Of the women who had been harassed:

  • 43% were harassed by a supervisor

  • 27% were harassed by an employee senior to them

  • 19% were harassed by a coworker at their level

  • 8% were harassed by a junior employee

    Studies suggest anywhere between 40-70% of women and 10-20% of men have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.

    A 1999 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management states that 62% of companies offer sexual harassment prevention training programs, and 97% have a written sexual harassment policy.


    If you feel you have been a victim of sexual harassment at work or school, learn more about your legal rights by filling out our case evaluation form.