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What to Do if You’re Sexually Harassed at Work

What to Do if You’re Sexually Harassed at Work

People are often confused about the subject of sexual harassment in the workplace. If you’ve suspected that you’re being sexually harassed, but aren’t exactly sure what steps to take to remedy the situation, here are a few things to be aware of regarding sexual harassment at work.

First Things First, Don’t Quit.

Often, at the first incident of sexual harassment, many employees quit, often because they’re embarrassed. While your feelings are perfectly understandable, if you quit, you might be giving up your claim to sexual harassment.

Look for Your Company’s Sexual Harassment Policy

See if your company’s employee handbook has a written sexual harassment policy. Follow the steps it lays out to file a sexual harassment claim. It’s the first step in creating a case.

Quick Note. If your employee handbook states to file the policy with the individual you’re filing the case against, give it to the next person up the ladder.

Know That the Employer Must Investigate

Once you file a sexual harassment claim, your employer’s human resources department will most likely interview co-workers, the harasser and any witnesses you list on the claim. Because of this investigation, it is likely the harasser will figure out that you’re the one who reported it. While the employer might promise confidentiality, it’s gossip around the water cooler that’ll get the word out. It’s unfortunate, but likely true.

You’re Not Alone

In the end, it’s helpful to remember that you’re not alone. You’re not the first person to have to file a suit of this sort. Additionally, you’ll help pave the way for future employees who might otherwise be in a similar situation without you leading the way.

We Are the Attorneys for You

If you have you found yourself the victim of sexual harassment, call 707-525-1212 (Santa Rosa Office) or 916-448-1010 (Sacramento Office) or contact us today. The attorneys of Teal Montgomery have the significant experience you need, both in the courtroom and out. We can show you the results to back up our claims of trial attorney and are prepared to take your trial to case if it is in your best interest.

If you feel you’ve been terminated illegally, we can help. We’ll walk you through the details of your case, help you organize your thoughts and explain your options. The attorneys of Teal Montgomery have an in-depth knowledge of wrongful termination law. We work to understand our cases in detail. We maintain relationships with experts who help us build strong cases on your behalf.