Brave Ways on How to Deal with Sexual Harassment at Work

Sexual harassment is one of the common problems in any workplace. In fact, according to the 2017 statistics, 81 percent of working women and 43 percent of working men in America had experienced sexual harassment. Also, sexual harassment is not only focused on women and a few of men, but also the members of LGBT. LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) suffers not only from gender discrimination but also sexual harassment.

Sadly, only a few of them have reported the incident due to fear of retaliation. In fact, according to a study, 75 percent of employees who have experienced sexual harassment are scared to report these types of acts.

One of the biggest challenges in fighting back against sexual harassment is reporting your perpetrator who is a supervisor, a manager, or a person who has a higher rank than you. Even so, it is time that you fight back.

If you know someone who is suffering from constant sexual harassment at work, either a man or a woman, or a member of LGBT, you have to act out and stop workplace sexual harassment. Fortunately, these acts in America are punishable by the law.

However, if you are afraid of losing your current work, below are top brave ways on how to deal with sexual harassment at work.

Tip #1: List how you are sexually harassed
There are several identified types of sexual harassment that happens in the office, these are:

Quid Pro Quo, which means “this for that”; this usually happens, when an individual with higher rank requires an employee with lower rank to do sexual acts in return for something.

Hostile Environment is another category of sexual harassment at work, which involves constant unwelcoming touching, being exposed to pornographic materials, and sexual innuendos or jokes.

Tip #2: Talk to someone with authority

First, you have to deal with it privately, however, with someone who has an authority, like your immediate supervisor. However, if your supervisor or manager is the perpetrator, you have to talk to someone who can assist you legally; for instance, talking to a private lawyer.

Tip #3: Gather evidence

To prove that there are incidences of sexual harassment at work, you have to gather all the evidence, from text messages, voice recording, photos, and even videos.

Tip #4: Talk with other victims

If you are sexually harassed by your supervisor, it can also happen to other employees. So, the best way to fight back against the perpetrator is fighting back with evidence and witnesses.

Tip #5: Endorse your case to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

If you have done all the necessary procedure, involving your HR and senior management but nothing is happening, it is time to endorse your case to the EEOC. It is an organization that can assist victims of discrimination and sexual harassment at work.

Tip #6: You have to file a lawsuit

If everything you have done to bring justice has failed, you should never give up and file a lawsuit against your perpetrator or even the company. Do not be afraid to report your case to the law, even if your job is at a stake.

Yes, it is a fact that retaliation happens to victims who report harassment at work; but if you want to live a normal working life, you should fight back and find a way to stand back again with a new working environment.