Doctors have to put up with a lot, everything from long hours to stressful work to piles of student-loan debt. You wouldn't think that they'd have to deal with sexual harassment, too.
But according to a recent report published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, many female doctors have faced sexual harassment in the workplace.
The study said that 30 percent of the nation's top female clinician-researchers have experienced what can only be considered blatant sexual harassment while working. The survey included comments from than 1,700 male and female clinicians who have earned K-awards, career-development honors given out by the National Institutes of Health.
According to the survey, 66 percent of female respondents said that they had personally experienced at least some type of gender bias in their career. And 30 percent of female respondents said that they had experienced sexist remarks or behavior, threats, coercion and unwanted sexual advances.
Harassment can help derail the careers of promising women in all fields. According to the survey, nearly half of the women who reported that they had experienced harassment said, too, that their experiences had slowed the advancement of their careers.
Workplace harassment is often about power, with superiors harassing their subordinates. Because of this, victims often fail to report harassment. They fear that they could lose their jobs, that others wouldn't believe their claims or that their career advancement would be stalled.
Workers in every profession face the very real threat of sexual harassment on a regular basis. And while the more blatant examples of harassment might be less common, there are still plenty of subtler examples of workplace sexual harassment that workers must regularly face. This can make it extremely difficult to do your job, and you need to be sure that you take action to ensure your rights at protected.
If you have experienced harassment on the job, don't ignore it. Instead, contact an attorney with experience in harassment cases to work with you to find a resolution. Your attorney can help you understand your options and help you ensure that you get the relief that you need.