Sexual harassment cases are common in the United States and often lead to lawsuits involving employment practices insurance. Companies must address these issues swiftly and fairly to prevent any further liability. A recent study by the University of Vanderbilt reveals that women are six times more likely than men to experience sexual harassment on the job and are better compensated in fields where it is more common.
Joni Hersch, economics professor at Vanderbilt University, randomly studied industries and employees and revealed that women are more prone to experiencing sexual harassment and those within an industry with a higher percentage of sexual harassment cases make more money.
According to Hersch, women in jobs with a low risk of sexual harassment make 25 cents per hour less than women in jobs with a moderate risk level of sexual harassment.
"Sexual harassment in the workplace is so universally despised that people require some extra compensation for exposure to a sexually harassing environment," Hirsch said.
While Hersch feels a certain level of compensation should be given to those women who were unfortunately involved in sexual harassment cases, she doesn't feel it makes up for it.
"The only other work-related risks that receive hazard pay are for risk of injury or fatality, and society would still prefer to eliminate workplace injuries and fatalities as well as sexual harassment in the workplace," Hersch added.