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What to Do If You Are a Victim of Sexual Harassment at Work

Posted on November 15, 2023 in

Your place of employment should be considered a safe place for you to work, where you do not feel pressure, discrimination, or abuse, especially sexual harassment. Yet, this type of harassment is, unfortunately, somewhat common. If you are unsure what is happening to you or what to do if you are the victim of sexual harassment at work, let us help you. A Mount Joliet workplace sexual harassment lawyer from The Law Office of Christopher Eads can help.

The Alarming Statistics

In 2020, about 5,284 people in the state of Tennessee reported sexual harassment in some form to law enforcement, according to the TN Department of Health. However, this is widely regarded as being a very low number, as many people who are victims do not take action and report what has occurred. That should not happen in your situation.

What to Do If You Are a Sexual Harassment Victim at Work

Sexual harassment is often very difficult to experience, but taking action can seem impossible. Let our legal team help you. If you need any type of medical care or mental health support, seek out a local emergency room as your first step. That helps to ensure your medical needs are cared for as a primary step.

We encourage you to contact our law offices now. Do not wait, talk about the incident to anyone, or share photos on social media. Let us guide you through the next steps. If you are being harassed at work, follow these steps:

  • Tell the person harassing you to stop. Make it clear that their actions are not welcome.
  • Report the harassment to the management or supervisor. Ask them specifically to do something to prevent it from occurring. Document these conversations and the steps taken.
  • File a formal complaint with the company’s HR team or the owner, making a formal statement about what occurred.

In situations where you continue to face harassment, do not stop there. We encourage you to report the claim to the Department of Human Resources with the state. You can do this on your own, but we encourage you to work with our attorney to help you through the process.

Is Your Case Really Sexual Harassment?

Inevitably, our attorneys receive this question, and some people believe that what they have experienced is just an annoyance or that it is just part of the job. That is absolutely not the case. If you feel pressured in any way, you have the right to take legal action, and we will help you. Some examples of sexual harassment in the workplace may include:

  • Slurs and jokes
  • Unwelcome touching or near-touching, including hugging, cornering, leaning over,
  • Sexual innuendos
  • Jokes about sex
  • Sexual-related conversations
  • Unwanted courting
  • Sexist statements

Were You the Victim? We Can Help You 

What should you do if you are the victim of sexual harassment at work? We encourage you to call us for support and compassionate guidance throughout the process. At The Law Offices of Christopher Eads, we work closely with our clients to ensure they receive the support they need. Set up a free consultation with us now to discuss your case privately.