Sexual Harassment in the Legal Workplace: The Impact on Job Satisfaction, Earnings, and Turnover of Female Lawyers

Industrial and Labor Relations Review, July 1998

Posted: 11 Jun 1998

Abstract

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.

JEL Classification: J16, J44, J71

Suggested Citation

Laband, David and Lentz, Bernard F., Sexual Harassment in the Legal Workplace: The Impact on Job Satisfaction, Earnings, and Turnover of Female Lawyers. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, July 1998. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=88797

David Laband (Contact Author)

Auburn University ( email )

415 West Magnolia Avenue
College of Business, Department of Economics Room 203
Auburn, AL 36849
United States
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334-844-4615 (Fax)

Bernard F. Lentz

Ursinus College

601 East Main Street
Collegeville, PA 19426-2562
United States
610-409-3000 (Phone)
610-489-0634 (Fax)

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