Sexual harassment comes in all forms and shape. Whether it’s on the street, at home, or at work, harassment can seriously endanger your wellbeing and hurt you emotionally. So it is very important to protect yourself from harassment and know what you can do if you’ve been harrassed.
Here are a couple of things to keep in mind if you believe you are a victim or harassment.
If you are in a comfortable relationship with the harasser, ask them politely to stop. If you are not in a comfortable relationship with the person harassing you directly, and the behavior and attitude of the person continue, then you can follow the steps below to ensure your safety.
Check for Anti-Harassment Policy at Work
Most employers in the United States have an anti-harassment policy at work. You can check if your employer has this policy by asking the union council at work, a colleague, or even check the website of the employer. The policy is also usually found in the employee’s handbook. If you do find the policy, get yourself a copy of it and move on to the next steps.
Follow the Steps Mentioned in the Policy
The anti-harassment policy should give you plenty of options to report harassment at work, including the option of filling a complaint with the employer.
If There Is No Policy, Talk to Your Supervisor
If your employer does not have an anti-harassment policy, the best thing to do is to get in touch with a supervisor. This person can be the supervisor of the individual harassing you, or a general supervisor at work overlooking all departments of work. Explain your situation and ask them for help.
Seek Legal Help
The law in the United States protects you from any retaliation for seeking help against the harasser. You have the right to report harassment at work, investigate or participate in a harassment case or lawsuit, or even oppose harassment without being in the fear of retaliated against. If you feel you are being targeted for reporting or taking part in an internal harassment case at work, you can get in touch with a harassment lawyer and seek legal help.
Harassment can be quite tormenting that can leave a long-term emotional scar on your wellbeing. If you have been an immediate victim of harassment, seek council or meditate. There are many benefits of meditation including calming your nerves. When you are calm, you will be able to think better and come up with the best solution possible.
Never Stay Quiet
The law is always there to protect you whether you have been harassed or have spoken against the harasser. So if you believe you are a victim of sexual harassment at work, it is very important to speak about it with your seniors and colleagues. Staying quiet mean that you are open to become a victim of repeated harassment.