For many, their workplace is a safe space. This is another area of their life where they should feel comfortable and at ease, just as they should at home or in public. However, for some people, this is not the case.

Although no one should be made to feel uncomfortable at the work, this happens in workplaces around the country. It affects men and women, even though many have been led to believe it is a women-only issue. 

No matter their situation, no one deserves to be harassed.

According to a study done by the Society for Human Resource Management, nearly one-third of American workers have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. This is a startling statistic, and it is something that we need to take more seriously.

Sexual harassment can sometimes be difficult to identify. It can be subtle or overt, and it can be verbal, physical, or visual. Here are examples of sexual harassment:

  • Unwanted touching or groping
  • Leering or making sexual gestures
  • Sexual jokes or comments
  • Requests for sexual favors
  • Inappropriate touching or brushing up against someone
  • Displaying sexual images or objects
  • Sending sexually explicit emails, text messages, or social media messages

If you are experiencing any of these behaviors, you do not have to tolerate sexual harassment in the workplace. There are a few things you can do to protect yourself and get the help you need.

Talk to someone.

When you experience any type of harassment, it can be difficult to know what to do. You may feel scared, embarrassed, or ashamed. However, you must remember that you are not alone. You can talk to someone you trust about what is happening, whether that is a friend, family member, or coworker.

You can also talk to a therapist, who can help you process these feelings and provide support.

There are also hotlines available that can provide you with support and resources. Hotlines, such as the National Sexual Assault Hotline, are confidential and can provide you with information on how to deal with the situation.

Talking about the situation can help you process it and may provide some relief. It is also important to have someone to support you as you act to stop the harassment. You should remember that you are not alone throughout this process, and talking to someone will help you realize that.

Document everything.

If you are being sexually harassed, it is important to keep a record of everything that is happening. This includes the date, time, and any other details you can remember. If possible, try to get the name of the person who is harassing you. 

You should try to take photos or videos of the incident; this might mean knowing where the security cameras in your workplace are situated. Although this is not always possible, it is a good idea to get proof of the harassment.

But if you do not have any physical evidence, keep a journal of the incidents, detailing what happened and how it made you feel. This can be very helpful if you need to take legal action.

Speak to your supervisor or HR department.

If you feel comfortable enough to speak to your supervisor about the harassment, then you should. They may be able to help you deal with the situation or take action against the person harassing you.

If you do not feel comfortable speaking to your supervisor, or if the situation is not resolved, you can speak to the HR department. They are responsible for handling harassment complaints in the workplace.

It can be difficult to discuss this issue with someone in your work, especially if they are friendly to your harasser, but it is important to get the help you need. This might also help other people in your workplace who have experienced the same treatment come forward and verify your situation.

File a formal complaint.

If you have tried all of the previous steps and still feel like you are being sexually harassed, you can file a formal complaint. This is a more serious step, and it will require you to provide more detailed information about the harassment.

You can file a complaint with your state or local anti-discrimination agency, or you can file a lawsuit. It is important to note that, before you file a lawsuit, you must file a complaint with the EEOC. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a government agency that investigates workplace discrimination, including sexual harassment, and is responsible for enforcing federal laws that prohibit workplace harassment.

Seek legal help.

If you have been sexually harassed at work, whether the harassment is ongoing or you have been fired or demoted due to refusing to comply with the harasser’s demands, you might decide to take legal action. This can be a difficult process, but it is important to know your rights. You can file a lawsuit against your harasser, and you might be able to receive financial compensation.

If you decide to take legal action, it is important to speak to a sexual harassment attorney who specializes in this type of case. They can help you to build a case and can guide you through the process. This can be a long and difficult journey, but it is worth it if you can receive the justice you deserve.

To Sum Up

Sexual harassment is a serious issue that should not be tolerated in the workplace. If you are being harassed, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and get the help you need. 

You should try to keep a record of the incidents, speak to your supervisor or human resources, file an official complaint, and take legal action if you decide to do so. Many people believe that talking to someone is one of the most important steps, even if it is someone working for a charity.

No one should ever feel unsafe at their work because of someone else’s inappropriate behavior. You have a right to a safe and harassment-free workplace.