What should an employee do after experiencing sexual harassment?

On Behalf of | Oct 21, 2023 | employment law |

When at work or while performing job-related duties, everyone has the right to do this work in an environment that is free from mistreatment, discrimination and other forms of harassment. Unfortunately, some employees are subjected to sexual harassment and other forms of mistreatment, and they may have a difficult time knowing how to move forward after this type of event. It is beneficial for all North Carolina employees to know how to react and what steps to take if they are a victim of that type of behavior. 

Steps to take after sexual harassment 

Victims of sexual harassment in the workplace often feel overwhelmed, embarrassed and unsure of what to do next. Each employee has the right to speak out, seeking a beneficial outcome to the situation. Workplace sexual harassment can include unwanted touching, inappropriate comments, aggressive behavior and more. Victims will benefit from first becoming familiar with the policies the employer has regarding reporting harassment. 

It is also important to carefully document everything that the harasser does. This will be important for a potential future case. A victim may also have grounds to file a complaint with the Employment Equal Opportunity Commission or pursue compensation through another route. 

Fighting for justice 

Those who are victims of this type of behavior do not have to remain silent. An assessment of the individual case can help someone understand his or her options after experiencing sexual harassment. Working with an experienced attorney can help victims understand the appropriate course of action, employment rights and how to fight for justice.