“We found that nearly all sexual harassment goes unreported, and those that do report tend to face severe retribution and limited redress.
What is clear is that complaining about sexual harassment is quite dangerous, inciting employer retaliation and firing in most instances.
This pattern of extreme retribution fits with past research. Employers, following the advice of legal counsel, often react to internal discrimination complaints with aggressive attacks on those who complain.
This tactic is designed to isolate the charging party and to send a message to other workers that the cost of pursuing legal remedies to discrimination will be prohibitively high.”
(Center for Employment Equity)