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Beware of these workplace sexual harassment myths

It is unfortunate, but sexual harassment in the workplace still causes confusion - with people of both sexes scrambling to determine how actions are perceived. These misunderstandings can be blamed on the myths that many people still believe without knowing how damaging this can be.

As an employee, you should fully understand what these myths are and why these misconceptions still exist. In 2017, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 6,796 sexual harassment charges which may suggest that workplaces and employers do not fully comprehend what sexual harassment is. Many times, a harasser believes they have done nothing wrong. However, that is not the case. Here are four key myths about sexual harassment that you should know.

Dog bite liability in Ohio

They say that dogs are man's best friend. Though this may be true, sometimes dogs that are ill-tempered can pose a threat to humans. Your initial thought after a dog bite may be shock as dog bites can result in severe injury. Another worry you may have is liability. Who is liable if I face medical bills, time off work, or emotional distress?

Ohio is a strict liability state regarding dog bites. If you or someone you know experience a dog bite in Ohio, the owner, harborer or keeper of that dog will be held liable for any injuries or damages. You as the victim do not have to prove the owner was negligent, but prove the bite happened and that it was the cause of an injury. It is important to know the dog bite laws in Ohio whether you are the victim or owner in the scenario.

Repetitive strain injuries among U.S. postal workers

The surge in online shopping has brought thousands of more packages through the doors of the U.S. Postal Service, meaning – in some cases – more job security, but also a potential for an increase in repetitive strain injuries. Lifting, sorting, bending and reaching for packages that may weigh 50 pounds or more can take a toll on the human body.

Due to the physical demands of their job, postal workers may be overcome by exhaustion and fatigue, especially with an understaffed workplace. It’s not only postal clerks susceptible to lower back pain, musculoskeletal injuries, sprains and strains, but package deliverers and mail truck drivers, too.

Strategies to combat sexual harassment in the workplace

It’s not your fault. If you are the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, always remember that it’s not your fault. Sexual harassment has gained a great deal of attention lately in the high-profile white-collar world, but this crisis is also prevalent among blue-collar workplaces such as in the hotel and food industries.

The restaurant industry in particular has been notorious for its widespread tolerance of sexual harassment, but this is changing. Still, some of the industry’s workers don’t know what is considered sexual harassment in the workplace or even how to report it.

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