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Sexual harassment common in media and entertainment

A recent study from the New York-based nonprofit group Center for Talent Innovation suggests that the entertainment business is not a very friendly place for women. After polling 3,213 college-educated men and women working white-collar jobs in eight industries, the think tank discovered that sexual harassment and discrimination was particularly prevalent among women employed in the media and entertainment sector.

Inappropriate behavior seen in Interior Department

A report released in late 2017 showed that at least 38 percent of Interior Department employees reported facing harassment or discrimination at the workplace. As a result, the Interior Secretary announced a zero tolerance policy regarding this type of behavior by agency staff. The mandate is expected to face its first test with the admission of inappropriate behavior by a top-ranking official at the National Park Service.

Sexual harassment statistics don't show whole picture

While federal statistics show that sexual harassment complaints are going down, many women in New York City and across the country continue to experience unwanted advances and other forms of harassment on the job. In 2017, the number of official sexual harassment complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state agencies was approximately 9,600, a 41 percent drop from 16,000 in 1997. From a high of 24 complaints per 100,000 women employees, in 2017, the number hovered at around 9 per 100,000.

A primer on sexual harassment in New York

It seems that a floodgate has been opened when it comes to accusations of workplace sexual harassment. You need only turn on the television to hear the latest allegations of sexual harassment against a prominent public figure. One unanticipated result of these high-profile cases is that everyday women may feel more empowered to report their own experiences of harassment at work.

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