By Bryce Covert

This often damages women’s incomes and prospects. “A lot of wage growth…comes from changing jobs to negotiate up,” said Ariane Hegewisch, program director for employment and earnings at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. But if women end up having to leave just to escape a bad situation, “you kind of have to start back at a lower level of seniority, have to prove yourself again. It may be in a job for an employer that is less interesting or pays less well.” Victims often find themselves starting from scratch.

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