The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
As a paralegal working for an attorney who handles employment law cases, I’ve done enough intakes and worked on enough sexual harassment cases to know there are never any winners when all is said and done. I’d like to think that with many employers enforcing zero-tolerance policies (even if it is with an eye to avoid liability exposure) and with public awareness at an all time high, that sexual harassment is on the decline, but it looks like sexual harassers have discovered a whole new frontier to explore, through the use of personal electronic devices, including cell phones and computers.
The Miami Herald is reporting in its article “Personal devices pose new sexual harassment issues at work” that “sexting”, the sending of sexually explicit text and email messages to co-workers, is on the rise.
Employees who receive an inappropriate message should report it to their supervisor or human resources department. But often, Zweig says, telling the person who sent the e-mail that you prefer not to receive those kind of messages, “usually ends it.”
“Employees need to stop and think. What they believe may be funny or a cute remark may not be well-received or misinterpreted by a co-worker,” he says.
If it is repeated behavior, it’s important to report it. “If the person is harassing you, the likelihood is the person is harassing others as well,” Zweig says.