The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a recent study that offered a bleak statistic about the medical profession. In a group of more than 1,000 doctors surveyed by the University of Michigan Medical School, 30 percent of female doctors said they have experienced some form of sexual harassment at work. That number is in stark contrast to the four percent of male physicians in the same study group experiencing sexual harassment.
Even more concerning is that half of those women felt that sexual harassment had a negative effect on their potential career advancement. Even more of those physicians said that sexual harassment at work affected their confidence as clinicians.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is considered any physical or verbal provocation of a sexual nature, including the suggestion of sexual favors in return for professional benefits. Sexual harassment becomes a legal issue when the behavior is so harmful or severe that it leads to a hostile work environment or results in an unjustified employment decision like a demotion or termination. The harasser is not always the female physician’s direct supervisor; it can also involve a peer, a subordinate, or a patient.
Many female doctors who experience sexual harassment at work refrain from reporting it for fear of retaliation. They may assume it is just a part of working in a “man’s world.” But with 50 percent of medical students currently women, it is an even playing field. Nothing should distract a physician from providing optimum patient care, including harassment on the job.
When reports of unwanted sexual language, suggestions or advances are disregarded by their supervisors or employers, female doctors have some recourse. Philadelphia health care lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates are skilled in litigating sexual harassment cases for physicians throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Philadelphia Health Care Lawyers Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. Offer Recourse to Doctors Facing Sexual Harassment
As far as gender equality in the workplace has evolved, sexual harassment is still a reality for many female doctors. Women in the medical profession often do not report sexual harassment because they worry their career will be affected. Maybe believe they will be punished or even fired if they refuse to “play along.” No one has to endure a hostile workplace. Philadelphia health care lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates will help resolve your sexual harassment case in New Jersey or Pennsylvania. Contact our Philadelphia offices at 215-569-1999 to discuss your case or contact us online.