The Psychological Effects of Workplace Sexual Harassment

New York City sexual harassment is more than a simple annoyance or nuisance in the workplace. Sexual harassment victims may experience a number of health problems as well as deep emotional trauma as a result.  As many as 70 percent of women and 45 percent of men have experienced some form of sexual harassment in the workplace, said Amy Blackstone, a sociologist at the University of Maine. You are made to feel uncomfortable and intimidated at your job, which affects every area of your life. Do not hesitate to speak with an attorney in New York who handles sexual harassment cases if your workplace rights have been violated.

Strain on family as well as social relationships are common, in addition to these devastating psychological effects:

  • Depression. Self-doubt and blame can lead to depression and loss of interest in work or social activities. Victims may also experience a loss of self-esteem and feelings of powerlessness.
  • Anxiety. Victims may feel anxious about going to work, interacting with co-workers or being involved in social situations.
  • Insomnia. Sexual harassment trauma may lessen the victim’s ability to sleep, or can cause nightmares.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some have argued that many forms of sexual harassment meet the diagnostic Criteria A1 and A2 of Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. The stress of sexual harassment may cause you may re-live the trauma even when it is not happening, or avoid things or people that remind you of the sex harassment.

Those who have endured sexual harassment additionally might have to deal with fallout from their colleagues. You may become the target of gossip and public scrutiny and defamation of character. You could be terminated, miss days from work or lose a positive professional recommendation.

If you have been harmed by harassment or sexual assault at work, contact a harassment lawyer in New York City right away to learn about your legal rights. Additionally, a counsellor, therapist or crisis center can help you recover from the psychological trauma you have endured. RAINN or Safe Horizon can help you find a crisis center near you.

The NYC sexual harassment attorneys at the Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC handles a multitude of cases that involve sexual harassment in New York City. For further information, please feel free to call us at 212-587-0760 or toll-free at 1-877-469-5297 or click to contact us online.

 

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