How to deal with sexual harassment in the workplace

Feb 27, 17 How to deal with sexual harassment in the workplace

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Sexual harassment is defined by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as “Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment.” It is important to highlight the word “unwelcome” or uninvited in this definition. Sexual or romantic interaction between two people in the workplace may go against company policy, but it is not sexual harassment. Victims of sexual harassment should follow the steps below to overcome the issue. Understand your company’s sexual harassment policy – You should read and highlight areas from your company’s sexual harassment policy to understand the process. Ask the harasser to stop – Inform the harasser that you will report them to their employer and the commission. Most often harassers will stop harassing a person on their first warning. Write a note or memo to your harasser if they fail to stop – Put down in writing what the harasser did, the date it happened, the current date, the harasser’s full name and send it via certified mail. You should keep a copy of the letter together with the return receipt. You could also send a copy to the harasser’s manager or supervisor. Keep records – Each time a harassment occurs, note down the date, time, what occurred and who saw the harassment, if it occurred in public. You should also save any emails, texts or voicemails that can strengthen your story. Look for other victims and supporters/witnesses – Speak to other people that you may think have been harassed by the same person. Ask them if they could note down the date, time and the incident of when then were being harassed....

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