The report “Stopping Sexual Harassment in the Empire State: Past, Present, and a Possible Future” released today by researchers from the Worker Institute at Cornell University’s ILR School found that 10.9% of New York residents report having experienced quid pro quo workplace sexual harassment at some point in their careers, which translates to more than 1.7 million people across the state. The report also finds that quid pro quo sexual harassment disproportionately affects people of color and those of Hispanic origin: 13.9% of people of color and those of Hispanic origin in New York state said they had experienced quid pro quo workplace sexual harassment, compared to 8.5% of non-Hispanic whites.
KC Wagner, co-author of the report, has specialized in promoting workplace inclusion and preventing sexual harassment and other forms of gender-based violence for over 30 years.
“We’re at a potential tipping point with renewed commitment to stronger accountability in the world of work, using law, policy, collective bargaining, creative organizing and community-based responses. But to make real change, workplace sexual harassment can’t be treated as a narrow issue separated from other forms of discrimination and inequity—we need to work across silos and have survivors at the center of innovating responses that advance culture change in the workplace and our communities.”
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