When you think about sexual harassment in the workplace, who do you think of? Is it the young, new female employee working with several older men? Is it the new secretary that has started working for your boss?
Those thoughts are stereotypes, and they’re not necessarily true. Anyone can be a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, from a young woman to an older male. Victims, as well as harassers, can be male or female. On top of that, the harasser could be the same sex as the victim.
Did you know that the harasser could be anyone in the workplace? They could be the victim’s supervisor, a coworker or even someone who is not an employee in the workplace, such as a new client.
How many cases of sexual harassment take place each year?
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received over 7,500 sexual harassment claims in 2018.
What should you do if you experience sexual harassment in the workplace?
To start with, be aware that you will need to have evidence of harassment to help your case stick. You should write down the date and time of the harassment as well as what happened and who saw or overheard it.
The next step is typically to tell the other person to stop doing what they’re doing if it bothers you. Then, you should go to your human resources department and report what has happened.
If that doesn’t help resolve the issue, then you may be able to speak with an attorney about filing a claim for sexual harassment in the workplace, so that you can have the harassment stopped or receive compensation for what you’ve been through.