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Online Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment in the workplace is unfortunately still commonplace. And it is not just face-to-face harassment that workers encounter on a frequent basis. Harassment online occurs even though many employers have strict policies about use of company computers for non-work and illegal activities. Even when a company fails to have a handbook policy regarding harassment, employees should not be afraid to voice their concerns. Laws exist to stop sexual harassment.

Victims of harassment can recover monetary damages that can include back pay, future monetary losses, and payments for emotional pain, mental anguish, and suffering, as well as for loss of enjoyment of life. In certain situations, punitive damages can be awarded where malice or recklessness or callous indifference are shown to have existed.

Online harassment

When a victim is the recipient of inappropriate materials via the Internet, or when a victim finds damaging or embarrassing postings online at company websites, remedies exist to stop the inappropriate behavior. A victimized employee can do the following:

  • Speak to your Human Resources Department. Find out what the company policy is and let them know you are receiving unwelcome emails or instant messages, or that postings exist that have created a hostile work environment. File any necessary complaint.
  • If the emails, messages or postings do not stop, speak to a lawyer regarding your rights under harassment laws.
  • Use a blocking filter to screen or stop inappropriate contact, or request that your IT department implement such a filter at the network level.

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