Prototypical Women and Credibility in Sexual Harassment Claims

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How are women perceived in sexual harassment cases? In the past, many women have been afraid to come forward.

Washington University conducted a study on sexual harassment. More than 4,000 persons participated in the sexual harassment study. The research-supported premise was that more women are sexually harassed than men.

The following were three main research questions being considered:

  • Who are victims of sexual harassment?
  • What constitutes sexual harassment?
  • How are claims of sexual harassment perceived?

Sexual Harassment Victims

Most women perceived to be victims of harassment shared common attributes. These women were “prototypical women.” Prototypical women were perceived to be:

  • Young
  • “Conventionally” attractive
  • Feminine in appearance and behavior
  • Weak or incompetent

What constituted sexual harassment? Read More

How are claims of sexual harassment perceived? Read More

What does this mean for sexual harassment cases?

Unfortunately, it means that women who do not fit the prototype could have a more difficult time obtaining justice in a sexual harassment claim. Biased perception could result unjust legal outcomes.

If you have been sexually harassed, make sure you consult with an experienced lawyer who has the knowledge and skills to seek a favorable outcome for your case. Call the Law Office of Peter A. Romero today at (631) 257-5588 or contact us online.