How to Deal with Sexual Harassment


If you are being sexually harassed at work, there are a variety of options to avoid the abuse and potentially ensure that the harasser is disciplined. First and foremost, it is important to learn about the abuse you are being exposed to in order to minimize sexual harassment at work. Tell the harasser directly that you want he or she to stop sexual harassment.

Companies also have internal methods for dealing with sexual harassment, which often involves referring to the organizations human resource department. If there is no human resource person, talking to one or more of the managers is another way to deal with sexual harassment.

If you suspect that you are a victim of sexual harassment at work, begin by reading your company's sexual harassment policies. It should clarify how to report harassment and how the company deals with complaints.

It is necessary to record all claims of sexual harassment with sufficient documentation. Proof of harassment itself, such as e-mails, documents, reported communications or observed events, is important. In addition, recording times and location of sexual harassment, as well as instances when you specifically asked your harasser to stop, is important.