Understanding Sexual Harassment In The Workplace And Your Rights

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In today’s modern society both men and women have the right to work in an environment that is free from bullying and sexual harassment.

However, the fact is that many people are still being subjected to some form of harassment at their workplace, and tolerating this behaviour because they feel powerless to do anything about it.

Often the offender is someone who is either the boss or a person who has influence over the amount of shifts or hours that an employee is allocated, therefore the employee may be reluctant to say anything, and this in itself can lead to the employee suffering from stress and depression.

What Can You Do About Sexual Harassment In The Workplace?

With an issue such as sexual harassment in the workplace, it is not always taken seriously and can be fobbed off as someone having a joke or being over friendly.

When this happens the offended employee can be made to feel even more humiliated and embarrassed when they complain.

The employee has rights in the workplace and if someone is making them uncomfortable with suggestive lewd comments, hand gestures, receiving pornographic material sent via email, or by touching them in a manner that is not welcomed, the employee has every right to object and bring this behaviour to the attention of the management or a higher authority.

Stress In The Workplace

Sexual harassment in the workplace can cause a person to feel anxious, stressed, powerless, angry and afraid.

It can also lead to depression and, in severe cases, post-traumatic stress disorder (PSD).

In some cases, the target of sexual harassment, may start avoiding work, their self-esteem drops and then the person’s ability to function productively at work is adversely affected.

Have You Been Affected Sexual Harassment At Work?

You do not need to put up with sexual harassment anywhere and especially at your place of work.

You have a right to work and live in an environment free of harassment.

If you believe that you have been or are being subjected to harassment at work, your first option may be to tell the person that their behaviour is unpleasant, and ask them to stop.

If this is not practical, you may prefer to raise it with your employer, manager, supervisor or human resources department to deal with the perpetrator.

Alternatively, you may decide to speak with a lawyer who specialises in employment law and sexual harassment in the workplace.

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