Sexual harassment is not something any employee is usually prepared to deal with. Most of us go into the office daily with ambitions of getting our work done, building relationships with coworkers and progressing the mission of our company as well as our own career objectives. When sexual harassment enters that mix, all of those ambitions can suffer as you struggle with the stress of having to deal with ongoing harassment.
So what can an individual do in order to protect his or her rights? It’s important to follow your company’s procedures as they relate to this type of harassment. Companies often have a specific way of handling such situations that protects the employee. If you follow these procedures and give the company a chance to stop the harassment, but nothing changes, you may have a case against those involved.
The best way to strengthen your case is to document everything that happens. While you count on the company’s management to help you out, it’s also important to document everything you do and everything that happens related to the harassment.
This may mean keeping all emails or memos that relate to the issue. It’s also important to write down every incident of sexual harassment that happens to you. Write down the date and time and anyone who may have witnessed the incident. Write down how the incident made you feel and what was done or said.
Documentation may not only strengthen your case in court, it can also help alleviate some of the pressure of having to remember every detail of what happened.