Sexual harassment is illegal, and it’s something everyone needs to take seriously. In the past year, there have been many reports of harassment, some going back years or even decades. It is clear that this is a big problem and that employees need to know their rights.
So, what should you do? Here are a few critical steps to take:
- Write down everything that happens. Start keeping a journal. Do not just rely on your memories alone.
- When you write things down, be as specific as you can. Name names. Write down dates and times.
- Report the harassment within the company. While this may sound like an obvious next step, it’s something people often neglect to do.
- Talk to co-workers. Are they facing the same problems? Can you work together to protect yourselves? Even just telling people what is happening to you can help.
- You can also use those co-workers as witnesses. It makes your case a lot stronger if you have people who back up what you’re saying and relate the same account.
- Consider keeping performance records. Some employers try to fire you for made-up reasons after you file a complaint. If you have records showing that your work is as good as it’s ever been, you may be able to stop this type of wrongful termination.
- Don’t accept it. This is not how it has to be. It’s not what you deserve. Most of all, it is not your fault.
As you move forward with this case, make sure you understand what legal options you have to protect yourself and your career.