ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — In 2018 Stop The Street Harassment did a survey and found that 81% of women and 43% of men have experienced sexual harassment at least once in their lifetime.
In 2020 more than 11,000 sexual harassment claims were filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Dianne Stancato, the CEO of YWCA Mohawk Valley says if this happens in the workplace to confront the accuser.
“Often times honestly it is a misunderstanding. Often times it’s maybe an overture but an unwanted one and once you say this is unwanted many men will say I’m sorry I didn’t mean to offend you, and then it’s done.” – Dianne Stancato, CEO/President, YWCA Mohawk Valley
We asked, what if you’re not comfortable addressing the person?
“There’s a power dynamic, for instance this might be your boss and you might be worried about your job. . . If it’s your immediate supervisor that’s offended you, who has harassed you then you go to your HR department. If you don’t have those you go to any person in leadership.” – Dianne Stancato, CEO/President, YWCA Mohawk Valley
The EEOC defines sexual harassment as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. It’s unlawful and if those methods don’t work then you can take legal actions, especially if you’re faced with retribution.
“You can file complaints without attorneys in these situations with the division of human rights and also with the EEOC. They shouldn’t be afraid because you have a right to feel comfortable and safe in the workplace.” – Dianne Stancato, CEO/President, YWCA Mohawk Valley