In Tennessee, restaurant employees are eligible to file sexual harassment lawsuits if they experience harassment on the job. Statistics show that managers, other employees and customers sexually harass 70 percent of male workers and 90 percent of female workers. Countless incidents occur in which customers sexually harass restaurant employees, but workers do not report these incidents because they rely on tips. Recent newspaper headlines have reported McDonald’s worker strikes taking place in 10 cities.
Since unwanted sexual advances and lewd comments pervade the restaurant world, employers need to know how to protect their workers. First, employers should understand the underlying reasons for sexual harassment in the workplace. One major cause is because men hold more managerial positions in restaurants while women are more likely to hold positions as servers. These female workers receive minimum wages for their efforts.
Although women experience more sexual harassment than men in the restaurant industry, men are victims of harassment in other industries as well. Male workers likely do not report unwanted sexual advances because they fear how they will be perceived. Regardless of gender, a victim of harassment who files a complaint must wait for 10 months before receiving a response. Many workers quit their jobs before they receive responses to their complaints.
Businesses in the United States need to address the problem. Some states have passed new sexual harassment workplace regulations, and each state has its own version of sexual harassment laws. A victim of harassment may want to consult with an employment law attorney about filing a sexual harassment claim. Quitting a job because of a hostile working environment might entitle an employee to receive unemployment insurance compensation and other forms of remuneration.