Learn about steps you can take to address sexual harassment in the workplace
It is unfortunate that employees even have to worry about sexual harassment. It makes it even worse when a company’s HR team doesn’t seem to be taking concerns seriously. Different companies have different conduct policies, and this can cause problems as victims of sexual harassment try to come forward.
A 2016 study from the Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) estimated that more than 90 percent of victims don’t report their harassment. A 2003 study by the EEOC found that 75 percent of victims experienced retaliation after reporting their harassment.
If you have gone through your company’s protocol and don’t feel that you have been supported, there are other steps you can take to address sexual harassment at work:
- Document People’s Actions
Keeping a journal of the harassment you are facing and filing complaints through e-mail can create a document trail that will help you support your claims. The more details you include in your journal and your e-mails the more helpful the documentation can be.
- Understand Your Company’s Policies and the Law
Sexual harassment is a form of sexual discrimination that violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Because of this almost all companies have policies regarding harassment. The problem is often not the policy itself, but rather the enforcement of the policy. If your employer isn’t following through on their policy you still have legal rights not to be discriminated against.
- Seek Help Outside Your Employer
If your company’s HR department has decided not to take action they will likely share with you the reason, in writing. Take this information along with your documentation of the harassment to a sexual harassment attorney for help taking additional action. This may include disputing the HR department’s findings with your company, or taking your complaint to the EEOC.
- As a Last Resort, Find a New Job
No one should have to endure a work environment where they are subject to sexual harassment. If you have the ability to change jobs to escape the harassment, you should consider it.
Need Help with a Sexual Harassment Case?
If you believe you have been the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker is here to help. Call us at 800-333-0000 now for a free consultation.