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Female Supervisors More Likely to be Sexually Harassed

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HealthDay is reporting surprising stats that show that women in supervisor positions are more likely to be sexually harassesd at work than women in lower level positions.

Researchers used data on nearly 600 men and women aged 29 and 30 who took part in the 2003 and 2004 Youth Development Study, a prospective study of adolescents that began in 1988 when participants were in the ninth grade in St. Paul, Minn., public schools. The data also included in-depth interviews with 33 participants.

About 36 percent of men and women had experienced some form of sexual harassment in 2004, including offensive material, discussions of sex, staring or leering, invasion of personal space, questions about one’s private life or unwanted touching.

About 46 percent of female supervisors and 33 percent of women who didn’t supervise others had experienced sexual harassment. According to one statistical model, women who supervised others were 137 percent more likely to be harassed, the researchers said.

Non-immigrants were also 2.8 times more likely to be sexually harassed than those born outside the United States, the study authors noted.

 Be sure to read the rest of the article here.

h/t SACHA for the article.

 

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