Tips for Reporting Sexual Harassment by Scenario

Sexual harassment in the workplace can range from repetitive offensive sexual comments to outright sexual abuse. Fortunately, employees are protected from sexual harassment on the job under state and federal legislation, which are the same laws that shield workers from gender discrimination.  

What Does Sexual Harassment Look Like?

While it might be uncomfortable for you to confront the harasser, it is also the most successful way of dealing with sexual harassment.

Some examples of sexual harassment include:

  • Discussions, questions, and sex-related stories
  • Allegations about someone's sex life or the use of sex to advance one's career
  • Inappropriate emails, instant messages, or other means of contact
  • Vulgar words and sex jokes
  • Pornography, sexually suggestive or degrading materials should not be shown (including posters, drawings, screensavers, and more)
  • Unwanted physical contact or touching

It's important to state clearly that you want the harassing behavior to stop. It's also an important first step if you want to take more concrete action against the harasser later.

How to Report Sexual Harassment

Companies typically have plans and guidelines outlining how to report sexual harassment. Examine your employee handbook, any documentation you obtained during onboarding, your employee portal, or any other location where official records are kept.

You may also file a charge with the EEOC at any time. In fact, you must do that before you can file a sexual assault complaint under federal law.

Getting Help If You Are Being Sexually Harassed

If you believe you were sexually harassed by your employer, you may want to seek the counsel of an employment law attorney. Your attorney will be able to help gather evidence, talk to witnesses and help prepare your claim. Complete our free case evaluation today.

For more information about what to do if you've been sexually harassed by scenario, see below: