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If you are being sexually harassed at work, the following information can protect your rights and offer insight into your options. While everyone handles sexual harassment differently, you should always report the inappropriate conduct to your boss. You can then file a complaint through your company’s grievance process, file a charge with a federal agency or pursue a sexual harassment lawsuit.
It is important to speak with a sexual harassment attorney to discuss your options. A sexual harassment lawyer can explain your choices, assess the risks and benefits of each option and judge the strength of your case. To contact a sexual harassment attorney today, fill out our free case review form.
If you have been a victim of workplace sexual harassment, the following steps can help protect your rights.
Tell the harasser to stop. Inform the harasser that their behavior is offensive. In addition, refuse all invitations for sexual favors. If the harasser persists, send a letter asking him or her to stop. Make sure to keep a copy of the letter as proof. Victims of workplace harassment are urged to tell the harasser “no,” because to constitute sexual harassment, the advances must be unwelcome.
Keep a record of the harassing incidents. Maintain a log detailing the offensive and harassing incidents. The log should include the date, time, location and details of the harassment. If possible, include a list of witnesses and ask your fellow workers to write down anything they saw or heard. Make sure you keep the record in a safe place, preferably at home and away from your place of work.
Report the sexual harassment. Inform your supervisor or HR department, preferably in writing, about the harassment. Make sure to keep a copy of the written complaint. Reporting sexual harassment to your employer is a particularly important step in stopping sexual harassment; if the employer knows or has reason to know that sexual harassment is taking place, they can be held accountable for the inappropriate actions of their employees, clients or vendors.
Maintain a copy of all written complaints. When you file a complaint with your company, do so in writing. Provide a description of the problem and how you would like it corrected. Make sure to keep a copy of any correspondence between yourself and your employer regarding sexual harassment.
Use grievance procedures offered by your employer. Many companies have procedures for dealing with complaints of sexual harassment. Look in your employee handbook or speak with a HR representative to find out if your company has a procedure for handling sexual harassment complaints.
File a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In order to file a sexual harassment lawsuit, you must file an initial complaint with the EEOC. The complaint can be filed by mail, telephone or in person at your local EEOC office. You only have a certain amount of time to file a complaint and pursue a sexual harassment lawsuit, so it’s important to act quickly.
Pursue a sexual harassment lawsuit. After filing a complaint with the EEOC, you may want to speak to a sexual harassment attorney. He or she can evaluate your eligibility for a sexual harassment lawsuit. If your case is successful, you may be able to collect financial compensation and ask the court to mandate changes for your company to prevent future instances of sexual harassment.
If you have been sexually harassed at work, it is important to speak with a sexual harassment attorney as soon as possible. He or she can evaluate your situation and help protect your rights. To contact a sexual harassment lawyer today, fill out our free case review form on the right.