Sexual harassment and violence against women in the workplace is not new—it has almost always been a problem for working women. Between 25% and 85% of women have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. This doesn’t just mean unwelcome sexual advances or lewd comments. It may include unwanted touching, mocking someone’s appearance, displaying sexually explicit materials in one’s office, or even making sexual jokes in the workplace that make you uncomfortable.
Many victims of sexual harassment are terminated if they complain. Sometimes they become so uncomfortable at work that they feel they must resign. Sexual harassment is a form of employment discrimination. It is illegal! If you have been a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, you may also be entitled to lost wages and other damages.
Reporting the harassment to a supervisor or human resources department can be an important step in ensuring that you have a case. However, if the person harassing you is your superior, reporting the harassment may be impractical—and, under the law, not necessary.
Documentation is critical to prove a case, especially in the form of recorded conversations or admissions. Photographs—especially of injuries—are helpful but, due to the delicate nature and the vulnerability of the internet, we strongly recommend discretion and caution. Statements from other victims or witnesses to the harassment or their own experiences are crucial.
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Categories: Sexual Harassment