Sexual harassment still alive and well in the modern workplace


Fusion's Massive Millennial Poll found young people want successful careers more than anything. But, according to a new survey from Cosmopolitan, more driven women in the workplace doesn't necessarily mean less sexual harassment.

In its March issue, the magazine profiled what sexual harassment looks like in the more laid-back work environment of 2015. Here are just a few of the takeaways from their survey:

  • Cosmo found one in three women between 18 and 34 has been sexually harassed at work.
  • The harassment women face now ranges from a female supervisor encouraging her employees to dress sexier to bring in more clients to coworkers asking far too intimate questions about each other's love lives.
  • 42 percent of women in the restaurant industry say they've experienced sexual harassment.
  • 10 percent of the women surveyed said they were harassed by a female coworker.
  • The blurred lines between work and personal life seem to have blurred the lines between what is and is not sexual harassment for many women. When asked point blank if they had been sexually harassed, 16 percent said no. But they answered yes when asked about experiencing sexist or sexually explicit remarks at work.
  • Cosmo found that 70 percent of women who are harassed at work don't report it.

The survey included 2,235 full- and part-time female employees.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says laws government harassment don't prohibit "simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious," but stipulates harassment becomes illegal when it gets so severe that it creates a hostile work environment.

Abby Rogers is a feminist who is completely content being a crazy cat lady. She reads everything, but only in real book form — no e-readers thank you very much.

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