Since the start of the recession, a growing number of sexual harassment complaints have come from men. Some 16.4% of all sexual harassment claims—or 2,094 claims—were filed by men in fiscal 2009, up from 15.4%, or 1,869 claims, in fiscal 2006, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
While male victims sometimes experience behavior like groping and unwanted sexual advances, employment lawyers say increasingly “locker room” type behavior like vulgar talk and horseplay with sexual connotations have been the subject of claims.
Cintas Corp., a Cincinnati business services company that makes uniforms and other products, is involved in a case where two former male employees alleged a male co-worker at a Pennsylvania location sexually groped and made unwanted sexual advances. The two men who filed the complaint were laid off as part of a broader work-force reduction and filed the complaint several months later in October 2008, says a Cintas spokeswoman. The case, which was filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in September 2009, is still pending.
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