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US Attorneys: How to Handle Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

When you are experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace, you have to take it very seriously, even if you’re touched over your clothing because this is also a form of sexual assault. Always remember that if you feel something uncomfortable, you need to stop it rights then and there before it escalates. Confronting the person who is harassing you be very important if you are in an uncomfortable situation. Look at the person’s eyes and tell him what he did was inappropriate.

The first time someone does harass you, tell him to stop, and say it loud enough so others can hear for extra emphasis, and never apologize or make excuses for your offender. It is important to take immediate action is you experience sexual harassment because it is wrong and illegal. Documentation and reporting is necessary, taking note of the date, time, location, what happened, your immediate action, and the response of the harasser. It is a reliable evidence in case you want to take legal action, and if it ever happens to you again or to someone else at work, you will have a history to refer to. If touching is involved, be sure to report it right away. Don’t be afraid to report all sexual touches and demands. Bear in mind that touching in a sexual manner is already considered a sexual assault. Document and report the incident to the management. A sexual assault is committed when a person engages in sexual activity without the consent of the other person such as touching with sexual intent to gratify sexual desires.

You have the right to call the police and report it as a criminal offense if you have been sexually assaulted. Never allow guilt or desire to protect the attacker to keep you from having your rights asserted. Remember that you have not done anything wrong, and if that person can get away with one instance, he may continue to harass other people and the incident may escalate to rape. It is best to hire a sexual harassment lawyer to help you in fighting your rights and best interests if the management fired or terminated you for reporting a sexual harassment just because the big boss did it. Federal laws exist to protect employees from sexual harassment in the workplace and you can obtain just compensation for being fired or terminated illegally.

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