Harassment is a type of job discrimination that is against the law in several states and federal jurisdictions. Constant unwelcome sexual advances, verbal abuse, and requests for sexual favours are all examples of sexual harassment. There will probably be a harassment issue if a firm has a large workforce. In Pakistan, harassment of women at work affects more than 70% of them, and there seems to be no end in sight to their predicament.
The following are some potential consequences of sexual harassment at work:
Harassment at work contributes to the leadership gap. By attempting to avoid their harasser, women risk missing out on vital mentorship and on-the-job training, both of which are essential for assisting women in advancing into leadership roles.
Sexual harassment victims frequently experience emotional and psychological suffering, such as stress, depression, and anxiety. They frequently suffer from low self-esteem and confidence.
Victims of sexual harassment also report long-term physical health problems. Physical health issues such as insomnia, loss of appetite, changes in weight, motion sickness, and headaches might occur.
Impedes women’s economic security:
In a survey, 38% of women who had experienced harassment said it had influenced their choice to quit their jobs early, and 37% said it had prevented them from advancing in their careers. Women’s income and opportunities to save money and build wealth are reduced when they cut back on their working hours or quit their jobs to escape a harasser.
The effectiveness at work and the course of a victim’s career can both be severely harmed by sexual harassment. Some people may isolate themselves from co-workers and the job out of fear or a loss of confidence. They are more prone to be late, absent, or preoccupied. Those who are sexually harassed may have disadvantages in their career advancement, including being passed over for promotions, being excluded from important meetings, facing retaliation, and being branded a troublemaker, if they report the harassment.