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Loose change

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 10, 2002

HARASSMENT AT WORK: Twenty-one percent of women responding to a survey of 1,000 Americans say they have been sexually harassed on the job, compared with 7 percent of men. Stephen Hirschfeld, head of the Employment Law Alliance in San Francisco, says the poll results show "sexual harassment is still very much a fact of life in the American workplace."

ROMANTIC REPERCUSSIONS: Meanwhile, 20 percent of those polled by the Employment Law Alliance say they know of a romance between a supervisor and a subordinate at work, and 66 percent say romances on the job led to favoritism and poor morale.

WE'LL JUST WATCH YOU: In a separate survey, three-quarters of 663 workers say they would avoid workplace romances. But 32 percent admit such dalliances "can be fun to watch," the Wall Street Journal reports.

DRIVING SALES: Employment is up at car dealerships, thanks to attractive financing that has boosted sales. The Bureau of Labor Statistics counted a seasonally adjusted 1.1-million workers at new- and used-car dealerships in December, up 1.6 percent from a year earlier.

ORGANIZING WOMEN: The number of female union members rose 1.4 percent to 6.8-million last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says. At the same time, the number of male union members fell about 1 percent to 9.5-million.

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