Steps To Take If You Are Being Sexually Harassed
Victims of sexual harassment can suffer stress — even outside of the workplace. Many victims feel powerless and do not know where to turn. A compassionate and experienced employment and labor law attorney who is knowledgeable in workplace harassment law can evaluate a specific situation and provide guidance concerning your legal options. A victim of harassment who raises a complaint cannot be fired or disciplined in retaliation for complaining about the unlawful conduct.
The law office of Philip Taubman, in New York, New York, have prepared a short list of important steps you can take if you are being sexually harassed to maintain evidence and protect your civil rights.
Five Things You Can Do to Protect Your Rights When Being Sexually Harassed
Learn about your company’s harassment policy: Many New York companies have employee handbooks and company policies that outline how to report harassing conduct. If your employer has a proper policy in place, you need to follow that policy.
Notify your supervisor: Your employer has a duty to investigate incidents of harassment. However, management may not be aware that offensive conduct is happening. Placing your employer on notice of the harassment is an important step in protecting your civil rights.
Keep emails and other relevant electronic communications: It is often tempting to immediately delete a text message or email that is denigrating or otherwise offensive. Keeping an electronic record, however, can help your lawyer to evaluate the full context of the communication.
Document individual events: Keeping a journal about incidents will allow you to remember the times, dates and any potential witnesses to an offensive act or communication. Moreover, having a detailed list of incidents can help show the pervasiveness and pattern of harassment. Employers often look to minimize harassment as an isolated event to avoid their liability.
Contact an attorney: It is always important for victims to document incidents of harassment, but few people know how. An experienced lawyer can guide you through the process and help you to avoid the pitfalls that can adversely impact your claim. We know how difficult it is for you to confront your harasser or speak up to your employer. We help victims of harassment understand their rights.
If you are being harassed at work, the law office of Philip Taubman, will fight for you. Our results driven approach to the law is designed to maximize compensation for our clients who have suffered egregious harm. To put more than 75 years of experience to work for you, we invite you to arrange a free case evaluation. Call 212-227-8140 or send us an email now to get started on regaining control of your life. We stand up for the rights of individuals in all five boroughs of New York City and the surrounding communities.