Female surgeons are often subjected to sexual harassment

| Oct 7, 2020 | Sexual Harassment |

California residents may be interested to hear about a new study that shows that nearly two-thirds of female orthopedic surgeons were subjected to sexual harassment by male colleagues during their residency training. According to the study, women who are currently working as surgeons reported more sexual harassment than women who are still in training. The types of sexual harassment reported included sexual comments, inappropriate touching and being shown explicit images. The women who responded to the study reported harassment from male surgeons as well as male residents.

To conduct the study, the researcher hosted an online study that female orthopedic surgeons could take anonymously. Approximately 250 women completed the survey with 20% of them currently in residency training. Women across the country reported similar levels of sexual harassment, indicating that this is an issue throughout the United States and not a localized problem.

According to the survey, only 15% of the women who were harassed reported the incident to their supervisors. Most women didn’t report the incident because they knew nothing would happen, they didn’t want it to affect their careers or their supervisor was the one who had harassed them. The researcher suggested that more hospitals need to implement training to reduce the amount of sexual harassment in the workplace.

How can women take legal action after experiencing sexual harassment?

Countless women experience sexual harassment in the workplace. Sexual harassment can include unwanted comments, inappropriate touching, exposure to pornographic images and more. Harassment can also be defined as discrimination against a person due to their age, race, gender, religion, disability or sexual orientation.

If an individual feels that they’ve experienced harassment, they might wish to contact a lawyer. A lawyer may help their client collect evidence and launch legal action against their employer. The worker might be able to receive compensation for the financial and emotional damages that they’ve suffered as a result of the harassment.