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Boys Will <i>Not</i> Be Boys

Lewdness and rudeness can be a mess for your business-even without mixed company.

This story appears in the November 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

If you haven't been living under a rock for the past decade, you know that fondling, making lewd comments, demanding sexual favors and other such conduct in the workplace is a one-way ticket to a sexual harassment lawsuit. Yes, employers know all about the perils of male-to-female harassment at work, and most have set up preventive measures accordingly. However, the latest data shows that men are starting to bring more sexual harassment claims against other men. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reports that in 2000, a full 13.6 percent of all sexual harassment charges were brought by men, and that figure has been steadily rising since 1992.

"I have seen a great increase in complaints by men about men committing sexual harassment," says Julie Crane, an attorney with the Fair Measures Corp. in Santa Cruz, California. "There has also been a great deal more interest in this topic at [employer] trainings I've conducted."

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