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Reporting harassment can help other victims come forward

Being subjected to sexual harassment on the job can be a devastating, traumatic experience. Whether you have been mistreated because of your refusal to submit to inappropriate advances or you are living with the shame of complying in order to protect your job, the fact is that sexual harassment can destroy people's personal and professional lives.

Because of everything victims of harassment experience, it can be incredibly difficult to think about coming forward and reporting the misconduct. However, doing so help you protect yourself not just yourself but others who have been subjected to the same mistreatment.

Recently, news stories about the former director of Fox News, Roger Ailes, have been making headlines. What started with allegations of sexual harassment by Ailes from one woman has turned into something much more and involving more women. Ailes recently resigned in light of the allegations against him, and women are still coming forward.

A former director of booking for Fox has since taken her story of harassment by Ailes public in this New York Magazine article. She is just one of many women who have reported that they were sexually harassed by Ailes.

The physical and psychological toll of harassment can lead victims to stay quiet and hope everything just goes back to "normal." Many people do not want to risk their jobs or face the public scrutiny that seems to come with these types of allegations.

However, when someone does step forward to reveal this incredible violation of employee rights, it can make it easier for others to follow suit. Pursuing claims of sexual harassment rather than letting them be swept under a rug or ignored can prove to be of great benefit not just to the person filing the claim but also to any other people who felt too scared, intimidated or ashamed to come forward.

This is a very difficult situation, undoubtedly, and if you are experiencing sexual harassment on the job, you can feel like you are facing it alone. However, you are not alone; you can work with a Florida attorney who can protect your rights and take the difficult step toward filing a sexual harassment complaint. Not only can this help you find some closure and justice, it could also give someone else the courage to come forward.

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