Workplace sexual harassment is a serious offense occurring all too often throughout the country, and one that demands the utmost attention from employees and employers alike. Knowing your rights, and what steps victims should take following a sexual harassment offense, are key to not only bringing the incident to the attention of the proper authorities, but also preventing the same from befalling other employees in that same workplace.

If you believe you've been the victim of sexual harassment at work but aren't sure how to proceed, here are a few recommendations from U.S. News & World Report:

  • Report to HR, not your boss: While you may normally defer to your supervisor for work-related problems, you don't need to go to them for incidences of sexual harassment, especially if they're the culprits. Your company handbook has likely outlined which person or department you can report sexual harassment complaints to, and in most cases this will be Human Resources (HR).
  • Speak up — but do it in writing: If a co-worker or supervisor did or said something that made you feel uncomfortable, they may not even be aware of it. Before immediately filing a complaint with your HR department, open a conversation with that peer first — just make sure it's in writing. An email exchange with the co-worker in question may help clear the air about the possible offense, while also ensuring that that conversation has been documented for future reference, should you ever need it.

Have you suffered from sexual harassment or other forms of harassment in the workplace? You may have grounds for legal action against your employer, especially if you were punished for reporting the initial incident. For expert legal counsel that can assess your claim and fight for any damages you may be owed, contact The Meyers Law Firm today.