Workplace sexual harassment happens more than you think. A recent job survey conducted by AOL revealed that as many as 1 in 6 people have been sexually harassed at work. Of those employees harassed, forty-three percent were harassed by a manger, fifty-one percent by a co-worker.
Of these sexual harassment incidents, 65% do not get reported. Men are less likely to report sexual harassment, 21% percent compared to women, 47%.
Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, sexual harassment is described as:
“one employee makes continued, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, to another employee against his or her wishes.”
So what should you do if you are being sexually harassed.
If your employer has a written policy about reporting sexual harassment, follow the policies as outlined.
Make it clear to the harasser that their advances are offensive and unwelcome and tell them to stop.
It is important to report the harassment to your employer. If the harassment is coming from a manager or a supervisor, go to the manager or supervisor next in line. You can also report the harassment to your human resources department.
Keep a diary of the incidents of sexual harassment. Discuss it with your family and your doctor particularly if the harassment is causing you stress and anxiety.
The law allows the employer the opportunity to stop the harassment. If the harassment continues, you may have a legal action against your employer.
Victims of sexual harassment can recover monetary damages from their employer for emotional pain and mental anguish, loss of income, loss of enjoyment of life and other damages. If you are being sexually harassed and your employer is doing nothing to stop it, contact our office immediately at 800-437-2571 to speak with one of our attorneys experienced in handling sexual harassment claims.