I’ve been sexually harassed at work….now what?

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October 2, 2012 by williamsjustliving

First, let me say that you do not deserve this treatment. Whether you are male, female, gay, straight, under 18, over 40, a person with a disability, or a manager: in this day, much has been said of inappropriate comments and actions on the job. There is no excuse, and you do need to take action.

Of course, I do not know the particulars of your situation, so I cannot (and do not) offer tailored advice. Here are some things to think about if you believe that you have been harassed based on gender, race, physical disability, or religion.

1. Have you made known that you are offended? If possible and practical, inform a supervisor, shift manager, or the HR department at your job.

2. Have you followed the requirements of the harassment policy at your job? If you received an employee manual, chances are that a policy is in there. There may also be relevant postings in a break room, mail room, or similar employee gathering place.

3. The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is available to you. Look up this agency, and find out the reporting requirements.

4. Document, document, document. If you are in the terrible position of being harassed almost daily, keep a log or diary of what is going on. If possible, ask your co-workers to contribute to your diary or to keep one of their own. Keep your diary/log at your house or another place under your control. If comments are written, make copies and/or take pictures of the documents if possible.

5. Consider the need for outside assistance. If the situation involves a co-worker or supervisor coming to your home uninvited, consider the possibility of calling the police or neighborhood security to your aid. Afterwards, obtain a report.

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