Is a woman safe in the workplace? Some women, unfortunately, see violence as a "normal" part of the work experience. They believe that there is nothing that can be done regarding to rectify the situation. Domestic violence has reportedly increased in recent years.
Some women don't trust the system. Unfortunately, violence is often condoned by managers; there is some concern that covering it up will often result in trauma. Most women are afraid to report violent experiences in the workplace for fear of losing their job.
In a high profile case in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a high-ranking police officer was physically abusing his subordinate and he still got promoted to a higher rank. The victim suffered emotional distress from the experience because she couldn't tell anyone.
It was reported at a later time by the victim that the senior officer touched her inappropriately and also behaved inappropriately on many occasions. Several other complaints were made against the same man in the past by other people but nothing was done.
Women should always stand up for their rights when it comes to violence in the workplace. However, whether or not women do take action against physical abuse in the workplace will depend on the nature of the abuse, the workplace and processes. The action also depends on the perpetrator's position in the organization.
Victims of such practices need help from an expert who understands the law and also the process. Additionally, the person giving advice understands the emotional challenges that the victim faces.
Source: Philly.com, "Despite a litany of complaints & lawsuits, why is Carl Holmes being promoted again?," Barbara Laker, David Gambacorta and Dana Di Filippo, Oct. 25, 2012