I’ve worked for a firm that specializes in employment law and civil rights for many years, and assisted on a number of sexual harassment cases involving egregious and utterly indefensible conduct, but before I proceed further, I want to remind readers that I’m not a lawyer, and I don’t give legal advice.
But there are practical steps you should take immediately if you become the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace. A recent article at Aol Jobs, “Top 10 Things You Need to Know if You’re Sexually Harassed at Work” does a great job of discussing them.
Read the article in full, but in summary, here are 11 steps you should take (or not take) if you are sexually harassed (I added one I think is needed for clarification):
- Don’t walk off the job.
- Review your employer’s sexual harassment policies (if any). Follow them.
- Report the harassment immediately to the appropriate management employee.
- Document the incidents of sexual harassment in writing.
- Being treated differently because of your gender may also be sexual harassment.
- A single incident may not be grounds for a lawsuit, but you should still report it.
- A report of harassment may not result in the harasser’s termination.
- Your report should result in an employer investigation, which may be uncomfortable, but is necessary.
- Immediately report continued acts of sexual harassment or retaliation.
- Remember your willingness to step forward may help other victims of the harasser.
- While you should do your best not to quit, if your mental or physical health is at risk, it may be appropriate.
If you are a victim of sexual harassment, it is also a very good idea to schedule a consultation as soon as possible with an attorney in your area that specializes in employment law to discuss your rights and remedies.
For more information about sexual harassment, visit the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission site.
Source: Aol Jobs