Sexual harassment in the workplace is a serious issue that affects many workers across the country, including West Virginians. It can be traumatizing and shattering to experience workplace sexual harassment. Speaking out about it can be even more challenging, especially if your boss is unresponsive or unwilling to handle the situation.
If you are in such a situation, know you are not alone. You can take several steps to report the harassment and hold the perpetrator accountable, even if your boss isn't responding.
Document the Incident
The first and most essential step in reporting sexual harassment in the workplace is to document the incident as soon as possible. Write down the details of the harassment, such as the date, time, location, and any witnesses present. Be sure to include specific language or actions used, and try to be as detailed as possible. This documentation can be used as evidence later on.
If your boss is unresponsive to your complaints, you can reach out to your company's Human Resources (HR) department. HR is typically responsible for handling workplace-related matters such as harassment. Even if your company doesn't have an HR department, you can still report the harassment to higher-ups in the company. You can also file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which will investigate the incident.
Seek Outside Help
If you cannot get help from your employer or if the harassment continues or worsens, it may be time to seek professional assistance. You can contact a lawyer who can represent you or advise on your rights and what legal actions you can take. Additionally, you can reach out to community organizations that offer support and resources to victims of sexual harassment.
Utilize Anonymous Hotlines
Some organizations offer anonymous hotlines that allow victims to report workplace sexual harassment without fear of retaliation. If your company has an anonymous hotline, take advantage of it. If they don't, consider calling a national hotline like the National Sexual Assault Hotline. The hotline operators can assist you in determining the appropriate next steps.
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Reporting workplace sexual harassment is an essential step in protecting yourself and preventing future harassment from occurring. It's even more challenging when your boss is unresponsive, but it is possible to hold those accountable.
At Bailess Law Firm PLLC, our team is dedicated to helping you report acts of workplace harassment and preparing for a safer workplace. Call us at (304) 841-0037 today to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys and learn more about how we can help you with your case.