Sexual Harassment:

Facts About Online Harassment

Sexual harassment is not limited to face-to-face encounters. Sexual harassment can occur via phone, writing or the internet. The following provides information specifically regarding online sexual harassment and how you can avoid it.

If you are experiencing online sexual harassment at work, it is important to contact a sexual harassment attorney to learn more about your rights. Remember, both materials received by and posted about a victim can constitute sexual harassment. If you have fallen victim to sexual harassment, fill out our free case review form.

Online Sexual Harassment at Work

Employees should only use their work computers for appropriate purposes. Those who use their work computers to view, download or print pornographic or sexually explicit materials from the internet can be accused of sexual harassment. Sexually explicit or offensive e-mails are also considered a form of sexual harassment. Those accused of sexual harassment can face disciplinary action or legal repercussions for their actions. It is important to note that workers who download, view or circulate prejudice materials at work can face similar consequences.

Steps to Take if You are Being Harassed Online at Work

Install a filtering system that screens and disposes of e-mails from certain individuals or regarding certain topics. Essentially, you can prevent your computer from displaying sexually suggestive items that can carry serious consequences.

When using message boards, program your computer to prohibit messages from users you suspect are offensive or harassing.

Protect yourself from offensive materials when using search engines. Most computers contain online access controls that were originally created for parents wishing to keep their children away from pornographic websites. These access controls can be managed to prevent similar sites from being accessed from your work computer.

Use an anti-spam program. These programs can block unsolicited and inappropriate ads and mark offensive materials as spam, preventing them from being viewed on your computer.

Employers can also prevent workers from accessing inappropriate materials by utilizing a program that scans and blocks e-mails containing certain phrases.

If you have been sexually harassed at work, online or otherwise, contact a sexual harassment attorney as soon as possible. It is important to remember that sexual harassment victims only have a certain period of time to file a claim. To receive a free case evaluation today, fill out the form on the right.

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Sexual Harassment: Online Sexual Harassment