A recent report from a recruitment firm, RETS Associates, discovered that more than half of women working in the commercial real estate have experienced some form of sexual harassment during their career. Unfortunately, the majority of these incidents go unreported. In the detailed report, RETS found that 82 percent of the women polled say they have been sexually harassed or treated inappropriately more than once during their career. Furthermore, approximately 40 percent of women say they have been subject to some form of harassment at least five times.
If you are shocked by these numbers, you aren’t alone. Given the fact that most incidents go unreported, the majority of people don’t think about sexual harassment being a problem in commercial real estate. The National Real Estate Advisor also released a report in February of this year that showed that 87 percent of men and women polled said sexual harassment is a serious problem in the industry. Coupled with the fact that women in real estate earn less than men, we are seeing a major gap in the industry and many issues that need to be addressed.
No Signs of Progress to Bridge the Gender Gap
Unfortunately, those in the commercial real estate industry say no progress has been made when it comes to bridging the pay gap or stopping sexual harassment, with the exception of real estate investment trusts. Half of all REIT board of directors named in 2018 are women, which is a 9 percent increase from last year. Other than this small subsector of the real estate industry, sexual harassment and gender discrimination remains a problem. 75 percent of women polled in another survey say they have been made aware of a pay disparity at least twice during their career.
As more women come forward with stories of harassment and misconduct, we hope to see the tides shift. Thanks in large part to movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp, sexual harassment is no longer being swept under the rug. The first step in changing company culture and making work environments safer for everyone is to raise awareness and educate the general public about what is taking place. Sadly, many people do not realize such widespread harassment, misconduct, and assault occurs. Here at Janovsky & Associates, attorney Janovsky has made a name for herself as a strong supporter of women’s rights and victims of abuse. We understand how delicate these types of situations are, which is why we are committed to fighting for you and ensuring justice is served. With years of experience and a passion for helping sexual harassment victims, attorney Janovsky can help you win your sexual harassment case. To learn more about our services or what your options may be following a sexual harassment incident, please contact Janovsky & Associates today. Our Dallas sexual harassment law firm is on your side and will do everything we can to help you recover damages for your injuries.