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Handling unwanted advances from your employer

On Behalf of | Jun 21, 2024 | Sexual Harassment

Navigating unwanted sexual advances from an employer can be a distressing experience. Understanding your options and taking appropriate action to protect yourself is crucial. It is important to know how to handle such situations.

Document the incidents

Documenting every incident of unwanted sexual advances provides concrete evidence that can support your claims if you need to report the harassment or take legal action.

Remember to keep detailed records of any instances of sexual harassment, including dates, times, locations, and what was said or done. Additionally, save any emails, texts, or other communications that contain unwanted advances or harassment.

Assert boundaries

Clearly and firmly communicate to the harasser that their behavior is unwelcome and must stop immediately. If they attempt to brush off your concerns, make sure you continue to emphasize that you will not accept that type of treatment. 

If confronting the harasser directly feels unsafe or uncomfortable, consider addressing the issue in writing. It emphasizes your discomfort and demands that the behavior cease.

Report to HR or management

Report the harassment to your employer’s HR department or a trusted supervisor. Follow the established procedures for reporting workplace harassment.

If your employer fails to take appropriate action, consider escalating the matter to higher management. If the harassment persists despite reporting it, seek external assistance, such as an experience employment law attorney who can help you understand your rights. 

Facing unwanted advances from an employer can be challenging, but taking decisive steps can help protect your well-being. Remember, your safety and comfort in the workplace are paramount.

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