Law Office of Jeffrey D. Fulton

Sexual harassment a pervasive problem in health care

As a resident of California who makes your living working in a hospital, doctor’s office or similar health care or medical setting, you may have firsthand knowledge of just how common sexual harassment has become in your industry. At the Law Office of Jeffrey D. Fulton, we understand that doctors, nurses and other health care workers often experience unwanted sexual attention in health care settings, and we have helped many victims of such behavior pursue appropriate recourse in the aftermath.

According to the Harvard Business Review, the sexual harassment problem is so widespread in the health care field that it has affected somewhere between 30 and 70 percent of all female physicians. The problem also permeates health care educational settings, with about half of all female medical students reporting that they, too, experienced sexual harassment in the classroom or during their training.

Just what is it about health care settings that make them hotbeds for this type of activity? For starters, generally speaking, male-dominated industries, such as health care or hospitality, typically have higher rates of sexual harassment than others. Furthermore, workers in industries and work settings where hierarchical structures are in place are also more prone to experiencing sexual harassment while at work.

Another factor that likely contributes to the prevalence of sexual harassment in health care settings is the fact that those in power at many such work environments often prioritize avoiding litigation over protecting their employees. Furthermore, many such health care settings fail to set standards or guidelines regarding harassing behavior, while some flat-out discourage workers from reporting instances of sexual harassment. You can learn more about this topic on our webpage.

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