If you are sexually harassed at work, you need to take steps to protect yourself and begin building a case against the perpetrators. Sexual harassment is considered workplace discrimination, so the law already forbids it. Your own workplace likely has its own sexual harassment policy on top of that, but clearly that is not being taken seriously either. Sometimes people only learn when they actually face repercussions, so talk to an Atlanta employment discrimination attorney and learn more about what you can do to fight back.
What Kinds of Behaviors Are Considered Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment can usually be broken down into two broader categories. They are known as:
Quid pro quo: This essentially means “something for something.” So if you are being promised perks like a raise or a promotion in exchange for sexual favors, you are being sexually harassed.
Hostile work environment: In these situations, unwelcome inputs like innuendos and lewd comments are so commonplace that your workplace becomes difficult to deal with.
What Should I Do When I Am Sexually Harassed?
When you are sexually harassed, you need to take steps to start building your case. We recommend:
- Making it clear that the behavior is not welcome
- Keeping a journal and add details about each incident
- Saving any records of being sexually harassed, like incriminating emails or texts
- Confiding in someone you can trust
When Should I Report Sexual Harassment?
You should file a report with your company’s human resources department as soon as the behavior begins. Your company should have sexual harassment policies of its own, so it probably does not want to keep employees around who violate their policies repeatedly. These reports to HR can also start a paper trail.
If your company is not cooperative, you may want to make a report to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This government agency can investigate and hold companies accountable when they violate federal anti-discrimination laws.
Do I Need an Employment Lawyer?
Having an employment lawyer on your side can be a good idea for a few reasons. First of all, we are always ready to answer any questions that you may have. Another benefit is that an attorney can help you gather evidence and fill out any necessary forms.
Think about your report to the EEOC for example. This department cannot always take the time to investigate an incident promptly. If you submit an incomplete report, the EEOC is even more likely to handle its other priorities instead. An employment attorney can make sure that all of your forms are filled out the first time and that they contain information that will catch the eye of regulators.
Contact Our Law Firm Today
There is no reason to put up with sexual harassment and other abhorrent behaviors at your workplace. Contact Ben Barrett Law if you are being sexually harassed and schedule a consultation. We would be happy to tell you more about your options and what we can do to be of assistance.