Sexual harassment is against the law, and employers that allow it to occur can and should be held accountable. Many women do not really know what constitutes sexual harassment. It isn’t just about being propositioned for sex or given ultimatums. Here are five signs that you are being sexually harassed at work.
Sexual Behavior that Makes You Uncomfortable
Any behavior that is sexual in nature that makes you uncomfortable should be addressed immediately. While some people simply think that they are engaging in workplace antics and sarcasm, if the comments or behavior cause you stress, anxiety, or upset and they happen on a frequent or repeated basis, it constitutes sexual harassment.
You’re Unable to Make It Stop
If someone says or does something that makes you uncomfortable, your first step should be to let them know that you are uncomfortable and would appreciate it if they would stop. If they continue to do it even after this, it likely constitutes sexual harassment. In addition, if you take the matter up with the human resources department or your supervisor and nothing is done to curb the situation, they, too, could be held responsible.
You Feel Pressured to Go Along
If you feel pressured to go along with the sexual comments or behavior, even if it makes you uncomfortable, it is a sign of sexual harassment. This could take the form of peer pressure tactics, or it could even be as blatant as implying that you will be penalized or disciplined in some way if you don’t go along.
You Don’t Feel Comfortable Complaining
If your work environment is such that you don’t feel comfortable making a complaint, it is a poor work environment, and the employer is contributing to the problem. If you are uncomfortable making a complaint because the situation seems embarrassing, that is a clear sign that a line was crossed.
If any of these signs seem familiar to you, it is possible that you have a case for sexual harassment. Contact our offices today to learn more or to schedule your free consultation.