How to handle sexual harassment at the workplace

Discrimination or harassment in the workplace should never be tolerated which is why there are federal laws present to protect employees. The employer is obligated to provide a safe and secure workplace for his or her employees, which includes preventing sexual harassment at the workplace. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances or conduct on the job that creates a hostile, unpleasant, or threatening workplace environment. It can take many forms, and both men and women can fall victim to it.

There are a few steps you can take if you face harassment at the workplace. The first thing a victim may be advised to do is to inform the harasser. The harasser may be unaware that their actions are causing distress. It is important to let them know so that the problem can be nipped in the bud before it gets worse.

In case you are uncomfortable facing the harasser, writing a letter or an email to let them know about how their behavior is causing you discomfort is one approach. It's important to make a copy of the letter or email that you send. Any communication should be made through a company address. If neither of these options are possible for you, inform a supervisor.

If the harassment does not stop, you should escalate your complaint. Be sure to follow the company's protocols regarding sexual harassment. If you do not receive a proper response from the management, continue escalating your complaint up the chain of command.

If the harassment persists, you may consider hiring an attorney for further help. A qualified attorney may help you take your case to court against the responsible party.

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