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The Effects of Sexual Harassment on Job Satisfaction, Earnings, and Turnover among Female Lawyers

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  • David N. Laband
  • Bernard F. Lentz

Using data from the American Bar Association's National Survey of Career Satisfaction/Dissatisfaction (1990), the authors estimate the incidence and impact of sexual harassment in the legal profession. Nearly two-thirds of female lawyers in private practice and nearly half of those in corporate or public agency settings reported either experiencing or observing sexual harassment by male superiors, colleagues, or clients during the two years prior to the survey. Female lawyers who had experienced or observed sexual harassment by male superiors or colleagues reported lower overall job satisfaction than did those who had not, as well as a greater intention to quit. The authors speculate that employers and coworkers may sometimes be able to sexually harass female employees in ways or degrees that are not sanctionable but that induce the victims to quit.Sexual harassment may contribute to an undetermined extent to many aspects of women's employment experience, including absenteeism, turnover, productivity rates and work motivation, job dissatisfaction, and unemployment.—MacKinnon, Sexual Harassment of Working Women

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Article provided by Cornell University, ILR School in its journal Industrial & Labor Relations Review.

Volume (Year): 51 (1998)
Issue (Month): 4 (July)
Pages: 594-607

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Handle: RePEc:sae:ilrrev:v:51:y:1998:i:4:p:594-607
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