Female Bosses Sexually Harassed More Than Subordinates, Study Finds

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She's the fresh-faced secretary, preyed on by the high-powered partner. She's the college intern, who becomes the butt of her boss's dirty jokes. She's the junior associate, propositioned by her manager. When it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace, popular culture has a favorite image: The powerful man letching on his female underling.

But according to a new study, female supervisors are actually sexually harassed more than female subordinates. The researchers at the University of Maine and the University of Minnesota analyzed the Youth Development Study, which surveyed 1,010 individuals at regular intervals, starting when they were high school freshmen in St. Paul, Minn., in 1988. They looked at the responses from when these individuals were 29 and 30, and then interviewed 33 of them in depth.