MSPB Releases Data on Agencies with Most/Least Sexual Harassment

The Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) has released a new survey of every major federal agency, ranking the agencies by their respective rates of sexual harassment reports from employees.

The survey found that “the percentage of Federal employees who experienced sexual harassment has decreased since 1994” and noted the positive trend that “the percentage of employees who experienced any of 12 behaviors [that were categorized as sexual harassment] in 2016 was lower than the percentage of employees who experienced any of 8 behaviors (a subset of the 12) in 1994.”

Still, despite the positive developments, “approximately 1 out of 5 female Federal employees and approximately 1 out of 11 male Federal employees experienced any type of sexual harassment during the previous 2 years.”

The data found that “women are more likely than men to experience every sexual harassment behavior included on the survey.”

Roughly 1 in 10 of the reports were attributed to either an immediate or higher-level supervisor, while most complaints came regarding the behavior of coworkers within the same office or unit (45%) or another employee (27%). Subordinates were allegedly responsible for 8 percent of the reported incidents, while customers or members of the public accounted for 15 percent.

The agencies with the highest reported rates of sexual harassment were the Navy, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Homeland Security. The lowest rates were found at the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the General Services Administration.

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