The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission identifies industries that tend to attract employees age 15 to 21. Those industries may feature more casual work environments that can lead to higher incidents of sexual harassment, according to the EEOC. The agency lists fast food, retail, entertainment, hotels and businesses with a seasonal or high-turnover workforce.
An 18-year-old woman alleges her 42-year-old male boss cornered her in a booth at a Tigard tanning salon, stripped off her clothes and took pictures. She asked him to stop, finally pushing him away as he reached for her genitals. Desperate for a paycheck to cover her rent, the teen later asked police, “What was I supposed to do?”
A 17-year-old hostess at an Ashland restaurant alleges a male co-worker constantly asked about her sex life and danced suggestively behind her as she set tables, long after she had asked him to stop. She complained, collected witnesses and evidence and yet, she says, state and federal investigations never followed up.