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US Attorneys: Dealing with 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. If your instinct tells you that the touch is malicious and you feel uncomfortable, you have to take action and stop it rights then and there before it escalates. It is important to learn how to confront a person who is harassing you to stop what he is doing. Be specific and blunt, and don’t worry about being rude by looking at the person’s eyes and tell him that what he did was inappropriate.

If you experience sexual harassment for the first time in the workplace, don’t hesitate to shout “Stop!”, make sure others can hear it for extra emphasis, and don’t 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. It is a reliable evidence in case you want to take legal action, and if it ever happens to you again or to someone else at work, you will have a history to refer to. If touching is involved, be sure to report it right away. Never let sexual demands and touches go unreported. You can already file a legal case for sexual assault if the harasser touched you sexually. Document and report the incident to the management. There is a sexual assault committed if you are touched without your explicit consent, and the person aims to obtain sexual gratification even with just mere touching over your clothing.

If you have just been sexually assaulted, it is your right to report and call the police and file a criminal case. You should never allow desire or guilt to protect the 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. It is best to hire a sexual harassment lawyer to help you in fighting your rights and best interests if the management fired or terminated you for reporting a sexual harassment just because the big boss did it. Federal laws exist to protect employees from sexual harassment in the workplace and you can obtain just compensation for being fired or terminated illegally.

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