Sexual Harassment and the Gender Wage Gap

A conference room with four Asian people working in it. Two appear to be women and two appear to be men. They are sitting around a white table working on laptops and tablets. All appear to be focused only on their work. Thurman/Pexels

This fact sheet explains how sexual harassment perpetuates the gender wage gap by affecting a woman’s job performance, advancement opportunities, and career choices. These consequences are even more severe for women of color. While focused on women, it seems likely that consequences would be similar for gender-expansive people as well.

“While sexual harassment is increasingly being recognized in the national dialogue, it is nothing new – and over time it has negatively impacted women’s workplace opportunities and career decisions, resulting in significant and often overlooked financial consequences. Preventing and effectively addressing workplace sexual harassment is one way to help close the gender wage gap and promote women’s financial security.”