Sexual harassment is a serious and unfortunately common, issue in American workplaces. It's important that harassers and the companies that neglect to take action are held accountable for not helping their employees who were subjected to this harassment. Learn more about steps to take if you are a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace from Attorney Russell Button of The Button Law Firm.
How Common is Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?
A report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or the EEOC, revealed that 85% of working women have experienced sexual harassment or abuse in their place of work. Sexual harassment has unfortunately been ever-present in workplaces across America, causing a great deal of difficulty for those who are victim to it.
Steps to Take If You're a Victim of Sexual Harassment at Work
If you're a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, it's important that you follow these steps:
- First, report it in writing. It can be uncomfortable. But it's important that you report sexual harassment to a manager or supervisor. If the manager or supervisor was the person harassing you, then make sure to report it to their superior. Under some circumstances, it may be necessary to call the police and report what happened to you.
- Second, document everything. If your harasser sent you inappropriate texts, emails, or social media messages, screenshot everything and keep it in a folder. Be sure to note the names of people involved, names of witnesses, names and positions of anyone you reported it to, and the dates and times that the incidents occurred.
- And third, pay attention to your co-workers and your environment. Is there a pattern of harassment happening at the company? If that's the case, there may be other victims that have spoken out, you will have a stronger claim against the aggressor and the company if management has not taken appropriate action to stop the harassment from happening.
When You May Need to File a Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
If you do all these steps, and the company you work for has not taken disciplinary action against the harasser, or management has retaliated against you for reporting it. Reach out to an employment lawyer who represents victims of sexual harassment. You have the right to feel safe in your place of work. Contact our legal team today to learn more about pursuing a claim against a hostile and abusive workplace. We're here to keep you moving forward.
How You Can Contact The Button Law Firm
To get answers to some of your questions on holding companies accountable for ignoring sexual harassment and refusing to take action, contact our team at The Button Law Firm. We work hard to help people throughout the State of Texas get justice for their injuries.