Do you work for a company that tolerates sexual harassment in the workplace? If so, you can take legal action against your employer to hold them accountable under the law. However, if you want your sexual harassment claim to be successful, you will need to keep track of important details to build a strong case. Keeping an organized record can come in handy during the investigation process and might even end up proving the harassment occurred. If you have experienced sexual harassment at work, use the following checklist to organize important details about the issue.
REPORTING SEXUAL HARASSMENT
By reporting sexual harassment, you are giving your employer adequate notice of the offensive conduct, which obligates the company to take specific actions to put a stop to the harassment. If your employer fails to remedy the issue, they can be subject to additional liability. Reporting sexual harassment to the Human Resource Department or to your supervisor creates a record that will show you took the necessary steps to report and end the harassment.
WRITE DOWN THE HARASSING CONDUCT
You should keep a detailed list of each incident of sexual harassment that you encounter at work, this way you have a reliable written account for your records. Make sure you write down the date(s) the harassment occurred, where it took place, and the time it took place. You should also write down the names of any witnesses who saw the conduct. If the sexual harassment you are experiencing at work is in written or visual form, you need to take pictures or make copies of the offensive materials. It is also a good idea to write down all of the actions you took to inform your employer about the situation and what they did to resolve the issue.
DOCUMENT EMPLOYER RETALIATION
Unfortunately, many employees don’t want to report sexual harassment to their employers because they fear retaliation. Sexual harassment often involves a power dynamic where the victim is afraid to file a formal report because they believe their paycheck or career will be put in jeopardy. This is why it is crucial to document any actions taken by your employer that negatively affect you after you report sexual harassment.
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Our legal team at Bailess Smith PLLC is here to assist you if you have experienced sexual harassment in your workplace. We can review the details of your case and explain all of your options under the law so you can feel confident knowing your best interests are being represented. Let us get to work for you today!
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