If you're dealing with workplace harassment learn what your rights are.
This article discusses tips for dealing with workplace harassment.
Workplace harassment isn't limited to sexual harassment. Many people suffer from discrimination and harassment based on their age, color, race, sexuality, disability and more.
Far too often, victims of workplace do not speak up due to fear of getting fired. But not speaking up has consequences as well. When you don't speak up you feel fear and loneliness. This could lead to a worse situation.
How can a victim of workplace harassment protect themselves? What are their rights?
Here are the steps employees should take when dealing with workplace harassment.
- Notify your harasser that their behavior is not welcome and that it makes you feel uncomfortable. Unfortunately, many people don't even realize that what they're saying or doing is not okay. Perhaps, if you professionally let them know the behavior will stop immediately.If you don't then you'll continue to suffer from the hostile work environment and your work will become affected. Don't let the situation drag out. Stop it immediately.
- If the harassing behavior persists, formally file a complaint with your boss or the Human Resources department. If you keep the problem to yourself then legally you'll have very few if any options later. Formally filing a complaint gives your employer or the Human Resources department an opportunity to investigate and try to fix remedy the situation.
- If your boss is the problem, go straight to Human Resources. If the problem is not resolved through this method, or worse, your employer has retaliated against you for complaining, then the next step is to file a complaint with the EEOC (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission).
Notes: Victims and harassers can be male or female and the victim and harasser can also be the same sex.