Sexual harassment can happen no matter where or what type of work you are doing. However, the common belief is that sexual harassment is not as common in a smaller company, as compared with larger companies, due to the greater familiarity associated with its employees. That is not true, however. Sexual harassment is just as common in small companies as in other larger companies. According to several experts, the same harmful traits that define some small companies are the same ones that allow for sexual harassment in any size company. Due to their size and sometimes laid-back atmosphere, employees are sometimes more likely to feel at ease using inappropriate behavior in a small company.
Smaller companies, in addition, are often more likely to not have human-resource departments which larger companies can use to train their employees about acceptable work behavior and also are the first line of defense in sexual harassment complaints. In 2017, there was a poll conducted of small-business owners which showed that only 53% have a human resources department. In comparison, 91% of companies of all sizes are believed to have a human resource department in 2017.
With no human resource department, employees are forced to report any harassment to a direct manager in their department. For many sexual harassment victims, this imposes another barrier due to the fact that there will often be a close relationship among the employees.
If you or a loved one has been sexually harassed or discriminated against because of your gender while at work, in another public place, or even in your own home, please contact the expert sexual harassment personal injury attorneys here at the Law Offices of Gilbert, R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates. Our team of Boston injury attorneys are nationally recognized for excellence and have been recovering millions of dollars for our Massachusetts based clients for decades. Call us 24/7 at 617-787-3700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free and confidential consultation. Your needs are our top priority!