Understanding sexual harassment at work

There may be times in your career when you experience sexual harassment from a co-worker. In these situations, it can be challenging to know what kind of action you should take. At Hollingshead and Dudley, we understand that it is important for you to know the options which are open to you.

If you think you are being sexually harassed, you may want to speak to your colleague before taking further action. U.S. News says that your co-worker may sometimes be unaware that you are uncomfortable. It is important to document these conversations so you have a written record if your colleague continues to behave inappropriately. If you decide to speak to your supervisor, it is a good idea to look over your company’s policies concerning sexual harassment. Your company may have a strict definition of harassment or it may define this as any behavior which makes you uncomfortable.

When you file a sexual harassment claim, it is a good idea to know your desired outcome. Although your company may be able to transfer you to a different department or give you another supervisor, there may also be times when an investigation does not find enough evidence to accurately determine if you were harassed. Understanding your ideal outcome of an investigation can help both you and your company understand what a good solution might look like.

Before filing a claim, you should typically speak to your supervisor. There may be times, though, when a supervisor is the one making you uncomfortable. In these circumstances, your employer can usually be held liable for the situation. More information about this subject can be found on our web page.

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