Sexual harassment happens much more frequently than you might think. Many people believe that sexual harassment in the workplace amounts to someone touching you or propositioning you in a way that you do not find comfortable. In reality, sexual harassment equates to much more than that. You may also think that there is little you can do about sexual harassment in the workplace, but you do have some options.
What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment can come in many forms. If someone touches you without your permission, that is blatant sexual harassment. If someone tries to get you to go on a date with them and ties it to your performance or job in any way, that is also sexual harassment. Yet sexual harassment can be much more subtle. It could simply be untoward or offensive remarks, discrimination based on your gender, or uncomfortable talk about sexual topics.
What Can You Do?
The first thing you should do when you are a victim of sexual harassment is report it to your employer. If it is your immediate supervisor that is the perpetrator, you should report it to their supervisor. Some companies have a human resources department and a process for reporting such behavior. Follow your company’s policies. If nothing is done to correct the problem, you still have options besides just quitting your job.
Contacting an Attorney
If you are a victim of sexual harassment and you are not getting results from the management of your company, contacting an attorney is a wise move. An attorney can best help you determine your next steps, which may also include a lawsuit in addition to reporting to the state authorities. We are experienced in employment law, including sexual harassment cases, and will be more than happy to meet with you and discuss your options.