If you count yourself among the many people across California who currently make a living working in a restaurant or other food service establishment, you may understand all too well just how common sexual harassment can be in such an environment. At the Law Office of Jeffrey D. Fulton, we understand just how much unwanted advances in the workplace can affect you and your ability to earn a living, and we have helped many victims of workplace sexual harassment seek appropriate recourse.
According to USA Today, sexual harassment reports come from the restaurant and food service industry more than any other industry in the nation. Additionally, in fast food restaurant settings, Latina and African-America women face a particularly high risk of becoming victims of workplace sexual harassment, while 40 percent of women across all nationalities also report experiencing harassment in fast food environments. What is it about restaurant environments that make them breeding grounds for this type of behavior?
Part of the problem may be due to the fact that the restaurant industry is still very much male-dominated, and frequently, men are the ones holding positions of power over their often much younger staff members. Additionally, restaurant and food service workers often work in close quarters, and this closeness can lead to unwanted touching or rubbing. Many restaurant workers are also young and inexperienced, and they may feel fearful that speaking up may cost them their jobs or alienate them from their peers.
These are just some of the many reasons restaurant and food service workers face unwanted sexual advances more frequently than those across other industries. More about workplace sexual harassment is available on our web page.