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Several Ways to Counter Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

March 27, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 201

Any member of a company may face a lawsuit regarding sexual harassment if he or she is found guilty of exhibiting any malicious and sexually-offensive act.

Workplace sexual harassment, as defined, is a wrongful, derogatory, and repetitive act of someone within the workplace. As such, committing any or more than one of the following constitutes sexual harassment:

• Hugging • Kissing • Showing or sending sexually-driven pictures and/or emails • Continuously asking the person out • Threatening the person in exchange of sexual favors • Touching of another person's body parts or even clothes

But, it does not automatically mean that once any of the said acts is done, a person already committed sexual harassment. The conduct has to be repeatedly done to be considered as a sexual harassment; if not, the plaintiff's claim may be denied. A hostile work environment may also develop if such demeanors continue to exist in the workplace.

If you're wondering how you could safeguard yourself from possible acts of sexual harassment, here are some suggested tips:

How to Fight Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

1. Keep copies of everything that has been given or sent to you (personal messages, pictures, printed copies of emails).

2. Make a journal. Write down what happened, where, when, what has been said, and how did it affect you. In so doing, you can make use of it as evidence once needed.

3. Inform your company's Human Resources head. In case the wrongdoer happens to be from the HR Department, you have to tell other person who holds a high position, too.

4. Do not be afraid or get ashamed to disclose the incident. As a member of the company, you have the right to reveal any illegal act in your workplace. If you are threatened by the wrongdoer (losing your job, for instance), it is all the more reason for you tell it to concerned authorities.

5. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) can help you if you feel that your company's managers or officials are not making due corrective actions. You may call or visit the EEOC office for consultation and proper guidance on what to do about your case.

Hiring an employment attorney is also a great move in case you are planning to pursue a lawsuit against the alleged offender. Such an expert can help you throughout the course of your legal dealings. He or she can also give you appropriate legal advices needed to help you decide whether or not to take succeeding steps.

A hostile work environment due to sexual harassment should never occur in any workplace. Therefore, you should take initiative and tell the right authorities any act of sexual harassment committed against you or a fellow employee.

Jester Maru used to write several articles for a Law Group in Los Angeles, California. He personally loves writing articles on the topic racial discrimination in the workplace and wrongful termination California.

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