The workplace should be a place where employees can do their jobs without fear of harmful or inappropriate behaviors from co-workers, employers and others. Unfortunately, there are times when employees are subjected to discriminatory or harassing behaviors, and it can lead to the development of a hostile work environment, mental duress and even physical harm. This is an ongoing problem and concern, despite awareness campaigns, training, company policies and more.
An ongoing battle
Sexual harassment is known to be an unacceptable behavior, but it remains an ongoing concern in many different types of North Carolina work environments. By a large majority, women are most likely to file a sexual harassment complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Despite the frequency with which women file claims, many female employees are unaware of how to file a claim or what to do if they are victims.
Each company may have a specific policy in place that employees should follow if they want to file a sexual harassment claim. Employees should familiarize themselves with the requirements of their employer, which may include reporting the incident to human resources. Following the right steps is important in the effort to hold responsible parties accountable.
Fighting for justice
Each North Carolina employee that is the victim of sexual harassment at work has the right to speak out. An assessment of the individual case can provide insight into whether legal action may be appropriate. No one should walk through this process alone, which is why it is helpful to seek the guidance and support of an experienced attorney.