One of the most disturbing effects of sexual harassment at work is feeling fearful about what might happen if you report it. Will the harasser talk about you behind your back? Will your boss fire you? Will the harasser become violent or more persistent? Will your coworkers and superiors believe you and support you?
These are the questions that victims of workplace sexual harassment in North Carolina ask themselves as they struggle to deal with the situation. Victims of harassment who have reported the problem may also find it difficult to recognize signs of retaliation. An attorney can help you determine whether you are or have been a victim of retaliatory actions.
Following are examples of retaliatory behaviors that may occur after someone has reported sexual harassment to better help you determine if you are a victim of retaliation:
- Termination without cause
- A transfer to a less desirable position without cause
- Engaging in slander, or spreading untrue rumors about you or your family
- Verbal or even physical abuse
- Actions that make your work environment unpleasant
- Increased scrutiny and/or unfavorable performance evaluations without cause
If you have suffered any of the above and suspect retaliation, it is wise to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Dealing effectively with the matter can make you feel better about your job while bringing both sexual harassment and retaliation to a stop.
Swift action on your part can also save other would-be victims of harassment from suffering a similar fate. A consultation with an employment law attorney can also provide you with information about your next steps.