Zero Tolerance For Sexual Harassment In The Workplace
It is well known that sexual harassment in the workplace is prohibited. It is an action that is treated more harshly in all areas of society now, and people are much more aware of it when it is occurring. Unfortunately, sexual harassment at work still occurs and may leave a victim wondering what they can do about it.
At DeWitt Law, LLC, we do not tolerate any forms of sexual harassment. Our Columbus-based firm has over 20 years of experience fighting for the rights of employees who have been sexually harassed, wrongfully terminated or involved in adverse employment law situations. We work to protect our clients, their families, their livelihoods and their futures.
The Forms That Sexual Harassment Can Take
Sexual harassment comes in many ways, shapes and forms at work. These include:
- Sexual actions, requests for sexual favors, touching and other actions typically associated with unwanted sexual contact.
- The creation of a work environment that is intolerable and interferes with work performance due to actions, jokes, the sending of unwanted pictures or videos, date propositions and more.
It is important to note that not all sexual harassment situations are sexual in nature. According to the Ohio statute, sexual harassment also occurs when someone is targeted with hostility due to their gender.
Taking A Stand Against Sexual Harassment
Though you may be frustrated, frightened and intimidated if you are being sexually harassed, know that you have options that include the following:
- Do not be afraid to report the behavior to your superiors. A report must be made in order to show that you made your employer aware of the sexual harassment that was or is occurring. Without this, it is extremely difficult to take action.
- Follow your company’s procedures for reporting. Go through your employee handbook or other employee materials to understand how a report must be made.
- Ensure that there is documentation of the report and the harassing behavior. It is always good to have a paper trail when serious allegations are involved. This not only can support you in your claim to your employer, but it also helps us structure the case as your legal advocates.
- Keep the evidence separate and safe. It is important that the documentation you keep regarding the harassment is not kept at work or on your work computer. Your computer and workstation are the property of your employer, and sadly, things have a way of going missing.
- Do not quit your job. You do not have to stay in that position forever. However, if you leave your job without taking the proper steps, it may negatively affect any sexual harassment claim you have made.