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What Em­ploy­ers Need To Know About Im­mi­gra­tion Raids on their Premises?

In re­cent weeks, the commentary re­gard­ing ac­tive and pas­sive gen­der in­clu­sion has em­bit­tered the very def­i­ni­tion of sex­ism and sex­ual ha­rass­ment at the work­place. Men ob­jec­ti­fy­ing, dis­re­spect­ing and ha­rass­ing fe­male col­league re­mains wide­spread across pro­fes­sions and around the globe. What’s strik­ing is that how of­ten women are also the per­pe­tra­tors while men are on the re­ceiv­ing end of it. As dis­turb­ing as it is, we’re will­ing to gloss over cases in­volv­ing fe­male on male work­place sex­ual ha­rass­ment.

In 2016, 6.758 of 12,860 sex­ual ha­rass­ment claims lodged with the EEOC and the Fair Em­ploy­ment Prac­tice Agency part­ners, a 16.6% were filed by men. Start­ing with a 1998 rul­ing from the United States Supreme Court that held that men are pro­tected from work­place sex­ual ha­rass­ment un­der Ti­tle VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, male on male work­place sex­ual ha­rass­ments claims are be­com­ing more com­mon.

There is a com­mon thread through all of these facts. First, both men and women are ob­ject­ing ha­rass­ing, de­mean­ing and dis­re­spect­ful to col­leagues. Sec­ond, both men and women are silent by­standers in the face of un­bri­dled sex­ism in the work­place.

“When I was in my late teens, I worked an of­fice job pre­dom­i­nantly older women and they were all shame­less when it came to flirt­ing with me, mak­ing sex­ual jokes, or pat­ting my ass. It made me su­per un­com­fort­able and I was afraid to come out as gay be­cause I was

wor­ried that my job would be in jeop­ardy if I wasn’t seen as a cute, young boy they could flirt with.” An ex­clu­sive fo­cus on the se­nior man­age­ment as cul­prits of­ten causes us to miss a prob­lem that is far more se­ri­ous. At the end of the day, strong lead­er­ship can set the tone right for gen­der in­clu­sion. But, the tacit si­lence over any in­di­vid­ual or group of peo­ple re­ceiv­ing fa­voritism over an­other is di­abol­i­cal and cheap. Clearly it is.

We are not dar­ing our work­force to be­come ac­tive watch­dogs for re­spect and in­clu­sion. We feel heart­sick and de­mor­al­ized by news of com­pa­nies tol­er­at­ing a cul­ture of un­bri­dled sex­ism and sex­ual ha­rass­ment. At the same time, we con­demn the sex­ual ha­rass­ment and dis­re­spect men re­ceive at work. We are tongue-tied when it comes to hav­ing the moral courage to stand up to such be­hav­ior.

How many of us re­main silent on this is­sue?

There are few stud­ies that fo­cus on the way men are treated at work. When men suf­fer from sex­ism and sex­ual ha­rass­ment at the work­place, they do so in much the same way as women do. We have men and women fight­ing sex­ism against women for a long time. If only we could do the same to fend off sex­ism against men, it will be to ev­ery­one’s ben­e­fit.

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