1 in 3 female attorneys have been sexually harassed at work, says survey
You might think that now that women are finally scaling the heights of the legal profession that they are no longer experiencing sexual harassment. And you would be wrong. A recent survey of almost 7,000 attorneys conducted across 135 countries by the International Bar Association found that, in fact, a third of female attorneys have experienced sexual harassment while on the job.
The survey, as reported by Bloomberg Law’s Big Law Business, further says that half of the respondents said that they were bullied. The results dovetail with similar surveys of the outside business world, where in a study of Fortune 1000 companies, most in-house lawyers said that they needed to hire outside counsel to handle employees’ sexual harassment complaints,
“Companies are responding to increased class-action matters, cost and complexity with requisite aggressiveness,” the Bloomberg article said, quoting Julianna Thomas McCable of the law firm Carlton Fields. “All told, companies spent $2.46 million defending class actions in 2018.”
Among those companies, the report said, Microsoft won a motion to defeat the class certification of over 8000 current and former female employees. And more than a dozen pay bias lawsuits currently take aim at Walmart.