November 9th, 2015
Every person has a legal right to feel comfortable and free of unwanted sexual advancements in their place of work. Sexual harassment is defined, according to the Employment Equal Opportunity Commission as behavior of a sexual nature that:
- Affects your employment
- Unreasonably interferes with your performance at work
- Creates a work environment that is intimidating, offensive, or hostile
If you believe you have been sexually harassed in your workplace, you might want to take the following course of action:
Immediately after the incident or as soon as possible, write down exactly what happened. Note the exact verbiage used, if any, or write a thorough description of any unwanted sexually charged actions that took place. Also note any witnesses, how you reacted to the incident, or anyone you may have shared the information with. The fresher in your mind the better.
It is best that you inform the harasser that their actions were inappropriate. This is best done through email as it creates proof that the harasser was informed of their unwanted behavior, and may even elicit an incriminating response from the recipient.
Your next step should be to inform your supervisor or Human Resources representative. Again, a written document noting the exchange should be accompanied by any face to face meeting. If the harasser happens to be your immediate supervisor and you do not have an HR representative, report the incident to your supervisor’s boss. Request to fill out an official complaint.
If, after these actions are completed, you would like to file a lawsuit for your case, call an employment discrimination lawyer immediately. We at Asonye & Associates have over 20 years of legal experience and will guide you through every step of this difficult process.If you have questions about your rights, please do not hesitate to call us at (312) 795-9110 or send us a message.