US Attorneys: Dealing with Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
When you are experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace, you have to take it very seriously, even if you’re touched over your clothing because this is also a form of sexual assault. Rely on your instincts and if you feel uncomfortable or you perceive the act as malicious, don’t hesitate to act immediately and stop the person from harassing you to avoid further escalation. Confronting the person who is harassing you be very important if you are in an uncomfortable situation. Look at the person’s eyes and tell him what he did was inappropriate.
The first time does make you feel sexually offended or you feel malicious intent with the act, don’t hesitate to shout “Stop!” to make sure others can hear it for extra emphasis, and never dare to apologize or make excuses for the actions of the offender because you are a victim of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Keep in mind that sexual harassment is wrong and illegal, that is why you have to take immediate action. When it comes with documentation and reporting, you have to be specific, taking down all the details such as the location, date and time, what happened, your immediate action, and the response of the harasser. Doing so will be considered a reference, and if it ever happens to you again or to someone else at work, you’ll have a history to refer to. It is important to report any form of touching right away. Don’t be afraid to report all sexual touches and demands. Bear in mind that touching in a sexual manner is already considered a sexual assault. It is important to document the incident and report right away to your management. A sexual assault is committed when a person engages in sexual activity without the consent of the other person such as touching with sexual intent to gratify sexual desires.
It is the right of the victim to call the police and report the incident as a crime if sexual harassment or sexual assault has been done. Never allow guilt or desire to protect the attacker to keep you from having your rights asserted. Don’t be afraid to do so because it might happen to somebody else or repeatedly unto you, which can escalate to rape. Hire a sexual harassment attorney to help you most especially if reporting the sexual harassment caused being fired or terminated from your job. Federal laws exist to protect employees from sexual harassment in the workplace and you can obtain just compensation for being fired or terminated illegally.