Even with state and federal laws in place to deter sexual harassment at work, some people cross the line. If you’re the victim, you need to understand your legal rights and the steps you can take to immediately bring an end to the other person’s behavior.
Here are several steps to take if you need to fight against sexual harassment at work:
- Speak your mind: Let your harasser know that they are in the wrong and that you’re not going to stand for their poor behavior any longer. It’s your hope that speaking up will scare the person into stopping.
- Read your employee handbook: It’s here that you’re likely to find information on reporting sexual harassment and the steps to take in the immediate future.
- Report it: Make sure your company knows what’s happening. This can include your supervisor, company owner and/or HR department. You don’t want to keep the harassment to yourself.
- Keep records of everything: For example, if you have evidence proving you are a victim, save it in a safe place. Also, record any correspondence you have with your company.
- File an administrative charge: If you don’t get the answers you want, you can file an administrative charge with your state or federal government.
Don’t assume your situation will improve on its own. You must take immediate action to ensure that you no longer have to deal with acts of sexual harassment at your place of employment. When you understand your legal rights, it’s much easier to proceed with a clear mind, knowing that you’re on the right track.