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Many women in Tennessee suffer workplace sexual harassment. A recent study shows that there is a link between rising male unemployment rates and an increased incidence of sexual harassment incidents.

According to the Harvard Business Review, males are more likely to sexually harass women when unemployment rates for men increase. When men fall behind women at work, they are likelier to sexually harass women. The researcher reviewed data from the EEOC for each state and the District of Columbia from 2009 to 2016 along with data from the Bureau of Labor Services of unemployment rates during the same period. The researcher found a correlation between male unemployment and sexual harassment especially when women had lower unemployment rates.

After controlling for other factors, the researcher found that married men had increased rates of sexual harassment when their unemployment rates were equal to or higher than those of women. The researcher also found lower sexual harassment rates when women had higher rates of unemployment than did the men. According to the study’s author, men may be likelier to commit acts of sexual harassment as a way to assert dominance when they feel like their traditional roles as the primary breadwinners are threatened.

Sexual harassment in the workplace is prohibited by federal and state laws. When people are the victims of it, they might find that their workplaces are transformed into hostile environments. Workers might want to consult with experienced discrimination lawyers for advice about how to handle their sexual harassment complaints. The attorneys may guide them through their company’s internal reporting process. If that doesn’t resolve the problem, the lawyers may then help their clients with filing discrimination charges with the EEOC. Attorneys may be able to negotiate settlements for their clients or they might file lawsuits and litigate the matters through trials.