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How should you respond to sexual harassment?

Knowing that the law does not allow something is one thing. Understanding how to bring a case that someone has violated the law is another. That is why you often see people who have committed crimes continuing to walk the streets.

Employment law is no different, and while you may feel sure that someone has sexually harassed you, you might not understand how to hold them responsible.

The first thing you should do is to report it to your company. Hopefully, your employee manual or well-displayed notices make how to do this clear.

If the employer deals with it to your satisfaction, that may be enough. Yet you might want to take things further to a court. In this case, you need to understand how the law views sexual harassment. It considers two forms: a hostile work environment and quid pro quo.

Hostile work environment

This requires a series of events that end up making your work experience unpleasant. For instance, a campaign of explicit messages or always having to take care around when you go to the coffee machine to avoid the groping hands of your boss.

Quid pro quo

One event is sufficient here. It involves your harasser asking you to do something in exchange for something else. For example, you must agree to meet them after work for a date in exchange for them considering your request for a pay rise. Or they suggest that they could remove your name from the list of upcoming staff to be cut if you are willing to wear more revealing tops.

If someone has sexually harassed you at work, consider legal help to put an end to it.



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