Sexual harassment in the workplace is unacceptable no matter how an employee encounters it. There are many effects and consequences of unchecked sexual harassment, nearly all of which can contribute to a hostile work environment.
If you are experiencing sexual harasssment by a manager, coworker, or customer, there are several important ways you can make it stop. Read on to learn more about how you can empower yourself against sexual harassment, starting from taking matters into your own hands to getting legal assistance from an attorney.
Demand That the Harasser Stops Their Behavior
In order to be sexual harassment, the actions of the harasser must be unwelcomed. Regardless of whether it is your first job, or you have been with your employer for ten to twenty years, it takes courage to tell a harasser to stop. Demanding the harasser stop is certainly an option, but it is not your only option. You can tell human resources, a manager, or notify law enforcement if you feel threatened in the workplace.
Report Sexual Harassment
In West Virginia, if you are sexually harassed by a manager or supervisor, your employer is automatically on the hook for the harasser’s conduct. If a co-worker or customer is sexually harassing you, the first crucial step is to notify your employer that you feel uncomfortable in the workplace. You have a right to feel safe in the workplace. Your employer has a duty to take prompt and corrective action after it learns of sexual harassment! If the harassment continues after you report it, please call us at Bailess Smith PLLC.
Seek Legal Assistance
If you are unsatisfied with your employer’s response to your sexual harassment report, you should consider retaining the services of an employment law attorney. Your employer is obligated to take your claims seriously and protect you against sexual harassment. If no meaningful attempt is made to stop a harasser’s behavior, then you may be able to sue for damages.
Our employment law attorney at Bailess Smith PLLC can help you navigate this process and stand beside you as you seek what you deserve after enduring sexual harassment.
For a free consultation with us, contact Bailess Smith PLLC online or call (304) 553-0337 today.