Sexual harassment is in the headlines because of the Harvey Weinstein controversy. The fact that such disgusting behavior is being brought to light is important. It is time for everyone to confront sexual harassment at the workplace and confront the Weinstein's of the world.
The truth is, there are people like this in every industry. Hollywood is not the only place where sexual harassment occurs. It happens in offices, restaurants and every other workplace you could imagine. If you feel like you are the victim of sexual harassment at your workplace, you should stand with the women who are outing Weinstein and take action.
1. Document everything
According to Forbes, developing proper documentation is the first step you should take to fight back against sexual harassment. Write down the date and time of the incident, as well as the environment in which it took place. Take note of any witnesses. Include in your notes any inappropriate comments the harasser made.
2. Report it
You should submit a report to the designated person at your workplace. Make sure you follow the business sexual harassment policy. Reports like this usually go to the human resources department. Hopefully, a report will prompt your employer to take action to correct the situation.
3. File a complaint
If the situation does not get better, you may need to file an official complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Your employer may take retaliative action, but you can potentially sue your employer if this happens. Before filing a complaint or pursuing a lawsuit, you should talk to an employment law attorney to determine your best course of action.
You deserve a safe and comfortable workplace. No one should have to fear that their boss is going to sexually harass them. If your supervisor or manager partakes in any inappropriate behavior, make sure you follow these three steps.