I Think I Am Being Sexually Harassed at Work. What Should I Do?

by Kelly Mulloy Myers, Lawyer Referral Service Panelist

Sexual harassment is unwanted behavior that happens to you at the workplace because of your sex.  Sexual harassment may include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors in exchange for a job or promotion, or verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.  If you are faced with behaviors that feel like harassment to you, say no.  Tell the harasser that his or her behavior is not acceptable and offends you.  Report the behavior to your employer.  Tell your supervisor, your human resources department, or another supervisor or manager in the company.  It is best to notify the employer in writing and keep a copy of your complaint.  You should also document what is happening to you in a journal at home.  Write down dates, places, witnesses and details of the offensive conduct.  If the harassment does not stop, you should consider speaking to an attorney.  You may also file a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  It is unlawful for an employer to retaliate against an employee for complaining about sexual harassment.

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