Sexual Harassment In The Workplace
How do you properly handle a sexual harassment case in the workplace? Here's a list of the steps you should take if you believe you are being sexually harassed in the workplace.
Sexual harassment is not something anyone wants to endure. But it does happen. If it's happening to you, the last thing you want is to create a scene and do something you'll regret later. You want to handle it in the most appropriate way possible. Here's a list of the steps you should take if you believe you are being sexually harassed in the workplace.
Take care of the problem before it gets out of hand. Your best bet is to stop sexual harassment before it actually happens. Perhaps someone made a sexual comment or gesture toward you in an inappropriate situation. Many times this behavior is viewed jokingly or is brushed off patiently. But if you handle it in this manner, it may persist. Then you wonder if you erroneously misled the person harassing you. If something inappropriate happens to you, tell him "I don't feel right in this situation," or something to that effect.
If it persists, tell him to stop. You may need to come right out and say it, by saying "I don't mean to make a big deal out of this, but you really make me feel uncomfortable when you do that." If you handle the situation in a manner like this, you'll more than likely end the behavior.
Put it in writing. If it gets to this point, write a memo to the person. Tell that person what behavior he or she is doing to make you feel uncomfortable. Then say how that behavior makes you feel. Then finish the memo by stating what you want to happen (that you want it to stop). Print out a copy and keep it for your records and send the memo to the person.
File a formal complaint with your company. If the behavior persists with you and to others in your office, follow the formal complaint process within your company.
Talk with an attorney. Set up an appointment with an attorney to listen to your situation and find out what other steps you should take.