Sexual harassment against female migrant domestic workers
Maria Papadakaki, MPH, PhD, Lecturer in Social Work
Joannes Chliaoutakis, MSc, PhD, Professor of Sociology
Department of Social Work, School of Health and Social Welfare, Technological Educational Institute of Crete
At least 52.6 million people were employed as domestic workers across the world in 2010, 83% of which were women and many of them migrants. Migrant women occupied as domestic workers are known to be particularly exposed to sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment at work can take many forms, including derogatory sexist remarks; being exposed to sexually oriented pictures, comments, and gestures; solicitation; touching; expectation of quid-pro-quo arrangements; and even forced sexual contact. The consequences of sexual harassment are evident in terms of both the mental and physical health of the victims (e.g. stress, irritable bowel, and so on) and their work performance (e.g. low productivity, increased tardiness, absenteeism, and reduced turnover as a result)... continue reading the article