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What Can I do if I Think I’ve Been Harassed at Work?

You have the right to a workplace free of sexual harassment. If you find yourself the target of lewd or suggestive comments, or if there is a co-worker who is touching you inappropriately, you should not fear asking that the behavior stop. Sexual instant messages, inappropriate postings on company sites, or displaying sexual posters in break rooms all can create an uncomfortable and actionable situation. Males and females alike can be victimized no matter their age or position at work.

Some things you can do if you believe you are being sexually harassed

If you believe you are being subjected to sexual harassment in your workplace do not be afraid to do the following:

  • Confront your harasser and inform the person to stop the unwelcome conduct. Sometimes victims are not comfortable with confrontation. In this case, make a record of each time the harassing behavior occurs and go to human resources or a supervisor.
  • Review your employee handbook for policies and procedures that relate to sexual harassment. If a procedure is set out, follow it. You can speak to your supervisor or to Human Resources about what to do to file a complaint.
  • Put your complaint in writing and deliver it to the appropriate party to start an investigation. Your employer should immediately begin the process of investigation and should put a stop to illegal harassment. If you do not get a response quickly, contact an attorney about how to proceed next.

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