What to Do If You Are Being Sexually Harassed at Work
Employment Litigation Lawyer
Unfortunately, sexual harassment can occur just about anywhere, including the workplace. It can take many forms, including unwanted touching and sexually suggestive comments, and make the victim feel very uncomfortable. If you are being sexually harassed at work, you do not have to stand for this type of treatment. You can take action.
Here are the steps to take if you are experiencing sexual harassment at your job.
Confront Your Harasser
Although this might make you feel uncomfortable at first, it is worth telling your harasser that his or her actions are unwelcome. Firmly let your harasser know that you do not approve of the behavior and will tell the appropriate authorities if it does not stop.
If your harasser continues the misconduct, it is important to gather as much evidence as possible to use against him or her. For example, if the person has been sending you sexually suggestive text messages or emails, keep copies. If possible, print them out and keep them in a safe place.
Report the Harassment to Your Job
The next step is to inform your supervisor or human resources department about the sexual harassment. Let them know exactly how long you have been dealing with harassment and the actions of your harasser. Consider making the complaint in writing. Generally, before employers can be held responsible for discrimination, they have to be given proper notice of the harassment.
File a Complaint with the EEOC
If your employer has failed to take action after your harasser, your next step is to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commision (EEOC). They will then investigate your case. You are protected from retaliation when you file with the EEOC.
Hire an Employment Lawyer
It is a good idea to speak to an employment lawyer who has experience with sexual harassment cases. These cases can be tricky to prove because it is usually your word against the perpetrator’s. A skilled lawyer will help you build a strong case against your harasser and protect your rights.
If you are dealing with sexual harassment at work, schedule a meeting with an employment litigation lawyer, like one from Eric Siegel Law, as soon as possible. A lawyer will thoroughly review your case and advise you of the next actions to take.