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US Attorneys: What to Do If You Experience Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

When you are experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace, you have to take it very seriously, even if you’re touched over your clothing because this is also a form of sexual assault. Rely on your instincts and if you feel uncomfortable or you perceive the act as malicious, don’t hesitate to act immediately and stop the person from harassing you to avoid further escalation. Confrontation is the key to stop the person from harassing you. You have the right to confront the person who is harassing you by looking him straight in his eyes, and tell him that what he did was inappropriate in a specific and blunt manner.

The first time someone does harass you, tell him to stop, and say it loud enough so others can hear for extra emphasis, and never apologize or make excuses for your offender. Keep in mind that sexual harassment is wrong and illegal, that is why you have to take immediate action. It is important to document and report every detail including the time, date, location, what happened, your immediate action, and the response of the harasser. This will be a good reference and evidence to seek legal actions, and if it ever happens to you again or to someone else at work, you’ll have a history to refer to. Report any touching involved immediately. Don’t be afraid to report all sexual touches and demands. Touching with sexual intention or in a sexual manner is considered a form of sexual assault. Document and report the incident to the management. A sexual assault is committed when a person engages in sexual activity without the consent of the other person such as touching with sexual intent to gratify sexual desires.

You have the right to call the police and report it as a criminal offense if you have been sexually assaulted. Do not allow guilt or desire to protect your attacker to keep you from asserting your rights. Remember that you have not done anything wrong, and if that person can get away with one instance, he may continue to harass other people and the incident may escalate to rape. If reporting the sexual harassment made the management fire you because the harasser is the boss, you can hire a sexual harassment lawyer to help you fight your rights and best interests. It is considered illegal termination, and the company should be able to compensate you because federal laws exist to protect employees from sexual harassment in the workplace.

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