You deserve to be treated fairly in your workplace. Tragically, though, many workers are stripped of this protection when they’re subjected to sexual harassment. This harassment might occur on a quid pro quo basis, or it might be so persistent that it simply interferes with your ability to perform your job duties. Either of these situations can lead to adverse employment decisions and emotional turmoil that you don’t deserve.
Building your sexual harassment case
If you think that you’ve been subjected to sexual harassment, you might be prepared to take legal action against your employer. But the process can certainly be daunting, which is why you might want to consider taking the following steps to start building your case:
- Keep communications: Your communications with your employer and your harasser can go a long way toward proving your case. So, if you can, try to capture all communications in writing, whether through emails or text messages. If verbal communication occurs, make sure that you’re documenting it.
- Keep a journal of harassing behavior: Our memories get fuzzy over time. That can be a huge detriment to you as you try to prove your harassment case. To prevent that from happening, you might want to write notes of every incident of harassment so that you can more clearly recall them when you need to.
- Talk to witnesses: Your co-workers may have seen the harassing behavior and can attest to how it has affected your ability to do your job or how it has otherwise negatively impacted your job. By talking to them, you can gather more evidence to support your case.
Stand up to have your voice heard
Although sexual harassment is incredibly unfair to you as a worker, it will only be stopped and the harasser made accountable if you stand up and take action. We know that can be scary, but that’s why law firms like ours are here to guide you throughout the process, advocating on your behalf every step of the way.