They leer at you. They make sexual jokes, comment about your body, pester you for a date, and maybe even touch or grab you without your consent.
Sounds familiar? If so, you’re a victim of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment refers to any type of unwanted sexual conduct of a physical or verbal nature.
Sexual harassment can make one feel unsafe, intimidated, offended, belittled or embarrassed. It can happen anywhere and at any time.
The perpetrator can be an employer, supervisor, workmate, or even non-employee, and can be done by someone of the same gender as the victim.
That said, sexual harassment is not OK and should never be brushed off. So, here some steps you can take to stop sexual harassment.
If possible, tell the perpetrator to stop sexual harassment in the workplace. Tell them in no uncertain terms to stop a particular behavior.
This is no time to be vague or polite. Chances are, the harasser might not know that a certain behavior is disgusting.
Keep a Journal
Write down everything about the harassment. Include details and describe how the ordeal has affected your capacity to do your work effectively.
Whether you eventually decide to bring a case or not, it can be helpful to document the types of sexual harassment you’ve experienced, the times you’ve felt harassed, the witnesses to your case, and your efforts to resolve the issue.
If you’re uncomfortable with addressing the harasser directly, report the offense to your harasser’s superior, your superior, or your human resource department.
Your company’s individual policies will determine how you go about this.
File a Case with the EEOC
If you’ve already filed a complaint with your employer and they won’t take action, your next step should be to take the matter to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Depending on where you live (your state), you have between 180 and 300 days to file a complaint. If you file a sexual harassment case with the EEOC, you’re protected from retaliation.
Network with Workmates
If you can, discuss your case with fellow employees. You may find supporters and witnesses who can help you later on or others who’ve also suffered sexual harassment.
Keep Copies of Any Offensive Material
You should keep copies of any offensive notes, pictures, or videos that relate to your sexual harassment case.
Contact a Lawyer
You should get in touch with an experienced sexual harassment lawyer immediately if your initial efforts in stopping sexual harassment don’t sort out the problem. They can suggest the steps you should take and help you file a sexual harassment case.
Stop Sexual Harassment Today
If you don’t know what to do if sexually harassed, take these steps to deal with the perpetrator and protect yourself.
If your attempts to stop sexual harassment have failed, talk to the experienced sexual harassment lawyers at USAttorneys.com. We’ll discuss with you the specifics of your particular case and help protect your legal rights.
Contact us today for a free case evaluation.