The problem of sexual harassment can appear within any profession in Tennessee, including medical professionals. When the Society of Gynecologic Oncology surveyed its 1,566 US members, 255 women and 147 men responded. The responses indicated that both women and men had experienced sexual harassment while training for their careers or in practice.
Individuals who work in Tennessee may experience sexual harassment or see it happen to someone else. In some cases, they may choose to report what they experienced or saw to their employers. However, this could have an impact on their careers, and it is why some victims don't immediately report instances of sexual harassment to their superiors or others. For instance, reporting sexual harassment to an employer could hinder a woman's ability to receive a promotion.
Tennessee residents may be aware that the McDonald's Corporation has adopted a zero-tolerance position toward sexual harassment and vowed to take accusations of inappropriate behavior more seriously. The company's position was established after workers at restaurants in 10 cities walked out in protest over the matter in September 2018. A series of sexual harassment lawsuits and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaints filed recently by more than two dozen female McDonald's employees suggest that the company may not be living up to these promises.
The results of a recent survey suggest that women in the legal profession in Tennessee and around the country often face discrimination and harassment in the workplace. The International Bar Association and a leading market research firm asked 7,000 legal professionals in 135 countries about their day-to-day experiences at work. More than one in three of the women polled stated that they had experienced sexual harassment at least once during their careers.
Tennessee employees who report sexual harassment in the workplace and who face retaliation as a result may want to file a lawsuit against an employer. An employee who says she was terminated after she turned down the advances of the owner of the company she worked for was awarded $11.1 million by a jury.
Workers in Tennessee and throughout the country are reporting sexual harassment more frequently, according to information released by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Since the #MeToo movement began in late 2017 with the exposure of multiple sexual assault and harassment complaints against Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein, sexual harassment allegations have been filed more frequently with federal regulatory agencies. This has happened even as overall complaints of workplace discrimination and harassment on all grounds have gone down.
Workers in Tennessee and across the country continue to face serious problems with sexual harassment on the job. Even those responsible for making the laws against workplace harassment have been involved in alleged incidents of sexual misconduct and unwanted advances. For example, reports indicate that members of the U.S. Congress have sexually harassed cleaning and janitorial staff working the night shift and cleaning their offices, while attempts to impose sexual harassment training and prevention standards were diverted.
Workers in Tennessee who have experienced workplace discrimination might find the allegations about widespread sexual harassment at Microsoft Corporation familiar. An email chain that circulated among Microsoft employees has detailed multiple complaints about mistreatment and dismissal of women's complaints. Over 90 pages of email messages have become public, and senior leadership at the company plans to investigate the problems.
Rumors about the sexual activities of people at the workplace can be grounds for harassment or discrimination lawsuits. According to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, an employer can be liable for sex discrimination claims by not stopping false rumors about an employee sleeping with a person in management. If this precedent is not reversed by the Supreme Court, it will continue to impact companies in Tennessee and all other states.
A plurality of people in Georgia and throughout the country believe that sexual harassment is a problem in the workplace. However, men are less likely to believe that it is a problem today compared to 2017 according to a February 2019 Gallup poll. Nationally, 62 percent of all respondents said that it was a major problem, but when broken down by gender, women were more likely than men to have that opinion.