Sexually Harassed On The Job? What Measures You Can Take

19 November 2019
 Categories: Law, Blog

The "Me Too" movement brought to light the number of women who are sexually harassed in the entertainment industry and in other job fields. With so many women stepping forward to share their truth, the "me too" movement empowered many women to do the same. If you have been sexually harassed at work, you may wonder what your rights are and you may even feel intimidated about reporting the incident. To help you feel more informed and to make sure you understand your rights this article will take a closer look at a few measures that you should take. 

Talk to Human Resources

Whether your place of work has a full-blown human resources department, or it's just the same person who does payroll, reporting the incident to human resources is a must. It's crucial that your incident is documented so that the person responsible can be punished and so that you have documentation for your own records. If you feel uncomfortable when you are talking to human resources, then make sure that you bring someone with you like an attorney or a friend. Also make sure that you get a copy of the documentation so that you have it for your own records. If your work doesn't take strides to make things better for you and create a safer work environment, then you may need to hire an attorney. 

Hire a Sexual Harassment Attorney

If you feel intimidated by your employer or HR department, feel like you need some representation, or you just aren't sure how you navigate your way through a sexual harassment claim, then you may want to hire a sexual harassment attorney. A sexual harassment attorney will be there to help you with every step of the process and will let you know if your case is something that's worth pursuing in court. In some instances, you may have a lawsuit that you can bring against your employer or the individual. Having an attorney with you will be one of the best allies that you will have throughout the entire process. 

It can be scary to be sexually harassed when you're at work but it can be equally as frightening to have to report it. Remember that it is never legal or warranted to be harassed and that you have rights under the law to be protected. To learn more about your rights, contact a sexual harassment attorney near you.