A new study out from UNH's Carsey School of Public Policy finds that more than half of women in New Hampshire report being victims of some form of sexual harassment in the workplace. That compares with 22 percent of men.
“I think our results fall in line with other national studies that have been conducted recently, showing high prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace,” says Kristin Smith, research professor at UNH and co-author of the study.
The report points to other research which shows some four in ten women nationally say they've been victims of sexual harassment at work.
Researchers also found that women in New Hampshire were more likely than men to suffer a work-related consequence after experiencing harassment, such as being fired or transferred.
Smith says the outcomes of sexual harassment in the workplace could be particularly harmful for employers in the Granite State already dealing with a tight job market.
“One in five workers quit their job after an experience of sexual harassment in the workplace,” Smith says. “I think that’s something employers need to take note of.”
There were a total of 989 participants in the study, including 412 women and 577 men.