How You Can Fight Sexual Harassment at Workplace

Sexual harassment cases in workspaces are getting more and more reported every year. This is not just about physical advances but the victims may be a target of verbal harassment as well. In most reported cases, the victim is a woman and a harasser is a man of higher authority. But it is not definite. Some cases have been reported where the genders have been reversed. Men have also reported being the target of harassment by their female colleagues. But in most of these cases, the victim is afraid to report that they are being harassed in fear of compromising their job and career. So what must a person do in such a situation? We explain in detail below.  Types of Workplace Sexual Harassment According to legal experts, there are two types of sexual harassment charges that can be reported. The first type is : Hostile work environment sexual harassment can happen in a way that you become a target of unwelcome sexual slurs, offensive and obscene remarks by someone who works with you. They pass you requests for dates, make offensive gestures, forcefully touch or play pranks or jokes. This kind of behaviour is targeted at you because of your gender. Such behaviour may also mean to affect your job performance. In reporting or pressing such a charge you need to make sure the employer is well informed or responsible for this behaviour. For example, if a customer or a colleague is harassing you, you need to prove that the work environment is contributing to this behaviour. Whereas, Quid pro quo sexual harassment happens when a person of higher work status demands sexual contact from you in exchange for employment benefits or favours.   It can still be reported as sexual harassment even if you agreed to it. You need to prove that you felt pressured to have sexual contact because you were afraid to lose your job or compromise your career or just plain afraid. You can approach law firms that specialize in these types of cases. See more on this.  What Should Be Done? Tell the person responsible for harassing you to stop at first. Make yourself clear to the harasser that you feel uncomfortable about their behaviour and that it is offending you. Warn them that you will report their behaviour immediately.   Report the incident of any type of harassment to higher authorities. Demand immediate action. Do not just talk about it with your colleagues, make sure to report it to a person of higher authority. If there is any procedure for filing a harassment charge, follow it. Try to make the complaint in writing and keep proof of it.  Once the complaint has been filed and the investigation process begins, cooperate with the authorities and do not withhold any information. State the facts and the incidents as it is, try not to exaggerate.  If your employer fails to provide you with any assurance that this behaviour is not going to end, you can approach law firms instead of individual lawyers, who can help you press charges against the company.  

How You Can Fight Sexual Harassment at Workplace

Sexual harassment cases in workspaces are getting more and more reported every year. This is not just about physical advances but the victims may be a target of verbal harassment as well. In most reported cases, the victim is a woman and a harasser is a man of higher authority.

But it is not definite. Some cases have been reported where the genders have been reversed. Men have also reported being the target of harassment by their female colleagues. But in most of these cases, the victim is afraid to report that they are being harassed in fear of compromising their job and career. So what must a person do in such a situation? We explain in detail below. 

Types of Workplace Sexual Harassment

According to legal experts, there are two types of sexual harassment charges that can be reported. The first type is :

Hostile work environment sexual harassment can happen in a way that you become a target of unwelcome sexual slurs, offensive and obscene remarks by someone who works with you. They pass you requests for dates, make offensive gestures, forcefully touch or play pranks or jokes. This kind of behaviour is targeted at you because of your gender. Such behaviour may also mean to affect your job performance. In reporting or pressing such a charge you need to make sure the employer is well informed or responsible for this behaviour. For example, if a customer or a colleague is harassing you, you need to prove that the work environment is contributing to this behaviour.

Whereas, Quid pro quo sexual harassment happens when a person of higher work status demands sexual contact from you in exchange for employment benefits or favours.  

It can still be reported as sexual harassment even if you agreed to it. You need to prove that you felt pressured to have sexual contact because you were afraid to lose your job or compromise your career or just plain afraid. You can approach law firms that specialize in these types of cases. See more on this

What Should Be Done?

  1. Tell the person responsible for harassing you to stop at first. Make yourself clear to the harasser that you feel uncomfortable about their behaviour and that it is offending you. Warn them that you will report their behaviour immediately.  
  2. Report the incident of any type of harassment to higher authorities. Demand immediate action. Do not just talk about it with your colleagues, make sure to report it to a person of higher authority. If there is any procedure for filing a harassment charge, follow it. Try to make the complaint in writing and keep proof of it. 
  3. Once the complaint has been filed and the investigation process begins, cooperate with the authorities and do not withhold any information. State the facts and the incidents as it is, try not to exaggerate. 
  4. If your employer fails to provide you with any assurance that this behaviour is not going to end, you can approach law firms instead of individual lawyers, who can help you press charges against the company.