Workplace harassment can be quite confusing because until a little while ago, sexual harassment was never recognized by the legal system. You might be getting harassed because of your race or gender but don’t really understand if it’s illegal sexual harassment or not. Some people get so uncomfortable that instead of informing authorities, they end up quitting. However, before making the decision to resign, don’t forget to make claims against sexual harassment or else it will continue to happen with other employees.
Legally, you are required to report any harassment incidents and give your employer a chance to remedy the situation. If you don’t, you won’t be able to win your lawsuit for sexual harassment. Here are a few things you should know about sexual harassment at the workplace:
Every workplace is required to have policies regarding sexual harassment, so it’s important you read the employee’s handbook thoroughly. Follow the guidelines provided in the policy and report it to the designated person. If the situation is not remedied by that person, report to another authority.
Put your complaint in writing and be as detailed as possible. Even if you feel you are being treated differently than other employees, it warrants a complaint as well. Make sure you specify in your complaint that you are being treated differently because of your gender. Otherwise you won’t be safe from retaliation.
Harassment is any behavior you are experiencing because you are a male or female. It could be anything from sexual remarks to being given difficult tasks, from less favourable shifts to being demeaned. Any type of gender discrimination has to be reported right away.
You can’t sue your employer for a single or insignificant incident. The harassment has to be extreme or a collection of incidences. Only then will the court recognize the complaint as sexual harassment.
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