8 Things to Know About Workplace Sexual Harassment
Workplace sexual harassment is a surprisingly common issue, but that doesn’t make it acceptable or okay. It is important to know the facts and laws behind workplace sexual harassment so that you can protect yourself and your right to a peaceful work environment.
1. Know the definition
The definition of workplace sexual harassment is defined as unwanted advances or inappropriate sexual comments. This means that not just unwanted touching is sexual harassment. Crude and inappropriate or sexist jokes fall under workplace sexual harassment as well.
2. Know the policies
Your company may have varying policies on workplace sexual harassment. Many companies have step by step rules for filing sexual harassment claims, and it is important to follow each one.
3. Don’t quit
If you are filing a lawsuit, quitting could throw a wrench in your plans. In the event that staying with the company is out of the question, try to wait until the claim is filed and the investigation is complete.
4. The employer will investigate
Regardless of the exact situation, your employer is obligated to investigate all claims of workplace sexual harassment. This could mean interviewing other people in your office.
5. Firing the harasser won’t always happen
Barring extreme circumstances or behaviors, your harasser will probably receive training on workplace sexual harassment or be moved to another location. The employer should take steps to ensure the safety and security of other staff members even if the offending employee does not get fired.
6. Understand the laws
If you are worried about your employer firing you for reporting sexual harassment, don’t. Under Title VII your employer cannot retaliate against you for reporting sexual harassment or testifying in a case for a coworker.
7. You might not be able to sue
If it is an isolated incident, you will likely not have enough of a case to sue. Reporting each incident of sexual harassment will give you the proper documentation should you need it in the future, though.
8. Choose the best option for yourself
If your employer isn’t taking the right steps to keep you safe at work and you feel it is in your best interest to quit, then do so. Your safety and security are important.
If you have experienced sexual harassment at work, make sure you know the policies and procedures and then call an attorney who specializes in this field. Contact us online or call 702-259-7777 today to schedule an initial consultation.