Sexual harassment is common in many American business environments, but that does not mean you have to accept it when it happens to you. You have a right to feel at ease in the place you earn your living. You also have a right to call attention to any harassment you experience while there.

The Mercury News reports that, despite you and other employees maintaining this right, many workers who report sexual harassment in their places of business end up facing retaliation or termination after doing so.

Termination statistics

Researchers conducted a study of more than 64,000 sexual harassment allegations filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission between 2012 and 2016. They found that 64% of employees who filed sexual harassment claims against their employers wound up losing their jobs within a year of making their allegations.

Retaliation statistics

While statistics show that you face a high risk of termination after making allegations of workplace sexual harassment, your chance of experiencing some form of retaliation is even higher. Retaliation might include anything from demotion to a pay cut. However, anything that involves your employer or supervisors treating you differently after making a harassment claim may constitute retaliation.

Research shows that 68% of American employees who report workplace sexual harassment face some form of retaliation.

Women frequent victims

Statistics show that you face a higher risk of experiencing workplace sexual harassment as a female. Women make up less than half, or 47%, of the American workforce. However, they file 81% of workplace sexual harassment claims.