When you talk of work, sometimes you can talk about employees that you like or employees who have become your friends. Unfortunately, there are situations where an employee might cross the line and start harassing you for any number of things. Here are some statistics for you to consider:
- Statistics from CNN indicate that at least 35 percent of women have experienced some form of physical or sexual violence around the globe.
- More than 750 million girls and women today were married before they turned 18.
- In the workplace, it appears 75 percent of harassment incidents go unreported.
Just because these statistics exist, however, doesn’t mean you should tolerate this behavior in the workplace. Don’t be afraid… you have options available to you when an employee harasses you. Here are things for you to do when a fellow employee harasses you:
- You are allowed to confront the harasser. Don’t be afraid to confront the harasser about what they’ve done. You have to tell them that what they’ve done was inappropriate. If you have to blunt and specific, do so.
- You are allowed to tell them to stop. When someone does something to you that makes you extremely comfortable, tell them to stop. If they don’t listen, don’t hesitate to tell them to stop loud enough so that it catches the attention of others. Don’t apologize and make excuses for the offender.
- Document the event and report it immediately to the right authorities in your company. If you don’t think the above two steps will work, make sure you document the event such as notifying the time, the place, what exactly happened and how you responded to it, and how the offending party responded. Make sure you get this to the human resources department or reported.
- Don’t let demands for sex or inappropriate touches go like nothing happened. If someone touches you sexually, that’s sexual harassment. You are allowed to report this to the higher ups.
- Call the authorities and report the incident if you feel like you need assistance. Don’t protect the assaulter or act guilty for the offending party. You have to assert your rights, and you will do nothing wrong if you report them. Call the police, especially if you’ve been injured by the offending party.
- Call a lawyer for advice, especially if you’ve been harmed. Sometimes you need professional legal advice. Imagine if you contact your human resources department to report a harassment incident and you get fired or demoted as a result. This might be grounds for a civil rights case. You may also need to report an attorney incident that involved management not taking enough measures to investigate and even stop the occurrences of harassment at work.
When you experience harassment at the hands of another employee, remember to take a step back and assess the situation first. Take a deep breath and try to remember what company policy states about harassment so you can follow proper protocol should you decide to report the situation. You may also speak with a lawyer about taking legal action if the harassment in question is too much. Click here if you’re in need of further legal assistance.