Is sexual harassment of teen workers common?

| Jul 3, 2019 | employment law |

As a parent of a teen in Oregon, you probably understand how beneficial it is for your child to get a job at this age. It helps to teach him or her responsibility and money management skills. However, letting your child go off to a job can be stressful. You no longer have control over what happens to them, and most jobs for teens involve working with the public. They may interact with many different types of people. Some of those may not even hesitate to harass your child, including sexual forms of harassment. This is why it is a good idea to understand more about the teen work environment and how common sexual harassment is.

Workplaces Respond explains that sexual harassment of teens on the job happens most often is retail and hospitality. It is especially a concern for girls at this age. Only about one out of three boys experience such harassment when two out of three girls do.

Perhaps what is most scary about this is that the most likely people to harass your child are the people he or she works with. More than half of all reported harassment cases were due to co-worker behavior. Customers are the least likely to do it.

You should make your teen aware that the law protects him or her. He or she can report any sexual harassment or other types of harassment and should report it to a supervisor or other person of authority. This information is for education only. It is not given as legal advice.