Poll: 52 percent of N.H. women, 22 percent of N.H. men report sexual harassment at work

  • FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2018, file photo, protesters gather at the Grand Park for a Women's March against sexual violence in Los Angeles. A wave of sexual harassment complaints that accompanied the #MeToo movement is straining many of the state and local offices tasked with policing workplace discrimination of all kinds. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) Jae C. Hong

Monitor staff
Published: 1/30/2019 3:43:49 PM

More than half of women and 22 percent of men in the Granite State report being victims of sexual harassment in the workplace, according to new research from UNH.

Women are more likely than men to suffer work-related consequences, including financial loss, being fired or demoted and experiencing a work transfer, by 33 percent to 25 percent. However, both genders are more similar in reports of quitting their job as a result of the harassment – 21 percent for women, 17 percent for men, according to a report from the Carsey School of Public Policy and the Prevention Innovations Research Center at the University of New Hampshire.

“Sexual harassment reduces morale and job satisfaction, diminishes productivity and increases absenteeism,” the researchers said. “Employers would do well to invest in prevention, like bystander intervention training, and encourage victims’ use of supports to mitigate the negative effects of workplace sexual harassment.”

The report is based on results of Granite State Poll, a statewide, randomized telephone poll, conducted in April and July 2018.

The full report can be found at carsey.unh.edu/publication/nh-sexual-harrassment-work.

The research was conducted by Kristin Smith, family demographer at Carsey and research associate professor of sociology; Sharyn Potter, executive director of research for the Prevention Innovations Research Center (PIRC) at UNH and professor of sociology; and Jane Stapleton, executive director of practice at PIRC.

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