It Happens To Men, Too: 4 Steps To Take If You're Sexually Harassed At Work

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When the topic of sexual harassment in the workplace comes up, people usually think of women being harassed by men. While the majority of cases do involve men as the perpetrator of the harassment, a growing number of men are suffering from sexual harassment in the workplace. In fact, according to statistics, about 17% of all sexual harassment charges are filed by males. If you're a man who's been the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, you need to know that you're not alone. Help is available. Here are four steps you need to take if someone at work is sexually harassing you.

Keep a Journal

If you're being sexually harassed at work, you need to keep a journal. Your journal will help you keep track of each incidences of harassment you endure. Be as detailed as possible in your entries. Some of the details you should document include the following:

  • Date of event
  • Time of day
  • Where the event occurred
  • People who were present

Report the Incident to Your Human Resource Manager

If you've been the victim of sexual harassment, should report the incident to your human resource manager. There may be others who've been suffering from the same treatment. By filing a report with your human resource manager, you're putting them on notice that you're not going to tolerate the behavior. Not only that, but filing a report will create a paper trail that an attorney will be able to use should you decide to file a lawsuit against your employer.

Talk to a Counselor

Sexual harassment can interfere with every aspect of your life. If sexual harassment has created a hostile environment that's affecting your personal and professional life, you should speak to a counselor. You don't need to suffer in silence. A counselor will be able to help you deal with the feelings you're experiencing as a result of the treatment you're enduring at work.

Seek Legal Advice

If you've filed a complaint with your human resource manager and nothing has been done to alleviate the problem, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible. You shouldn't have to deal with sexual harassment at work, whether you're a man or a woman. A sexual harassment attorney, such as Davis George Mook, should be able to help protect your rights.

If you're being exposed to sexual harassment while at work, you don't have to suffer in silence. Use the tips provided here to get the help you deserve. If you have other questions or concerns regarding sexual harassment, be sure to talk to your attorney. 


28 November 2016