Steps To Take If You Were Sexually Harassed At Work

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a serious issue that should be addressed immediately if you are a victim yourself. Sexual harassment can include lewd comments, bribery, or in severe situations, even physical assault. When you are a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, there are steps to take to ensure your job and reputation is protected while getting the justice you deserve. 

Document Your Situation

Document everything that you consider sexual harassment by saving screenshots of emails, text messages, and photos you have received from the individual who is harassing you. Record audio or video whenever possible if the harassment is relentless.

Speak Up

Confront your harasser directly and inform them of their inappropriate behavior. Demand that the harassment stops immediately and let them know you plan to take further action. Let co-workers you trust know what is happening and avoid feeling ashamed or at-fault for any reason. 

Talk to Your Manager or Supervisor

Set up a time to talk to your manager or supervisor regarding the sexual harassment as soon as possible. Inquire about the appropriate steps to take according to your employer and any handbook that is already in effect at your place of work. Ask your manager or supervisor what their plan of action is to ensure the harassment comes to a halt with your co-worker.

Contact Human Resources

Meet with your human resources representative to file a complaint and to go on record with your report of sexual harassment. Discuss your options and consider moving forward with a legal complaint. 

File a Lawsuit

In extreme cases where you feel unheard or ignored, filing a lawsuit may be your only course of action. File a complaint and lawsuit with the EEOC while also informing your employer of your actions and intentions.

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