Why Is Sexual Harassment so Prevalent?
Sexual harassment is more prevalent in the restaurant industry than any other industry. Statistics show that 90% of women and 70% of men working in the restaurant industry reported they had experienced some form of sexual harassment.
What Factors Make Restaurants Prone to Sexual Harassment?
The Harvard Business Review (HBR) indicated that the following factors make employees in the hospitality industry more susceptible to sexual harassment:
According to an HBR study, where 162 managers from hotel and lodging departments participated, managers perceived sexual harassment as less negative when done by a customer than by an employee.
A study done on 76 females in the restaurant industry over a three-month period revealed that there were 226 incidents of sexual harassment, which broke down as follows:
The nature of the harassment included:
Servers rarely complained to their managers even though most of them felt uncomfortable and threatened. The reason they didn’t report it was due to fear of retaliation. As a result, both men and women working in the industry have, to a degree, normalized sexual harassment.
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