When Males Are Victims of Sexual Harassment: What to Do
You recently graduated from Boise State University and landed your first job. At first, everything was going great, but after a few weeks, your female manager began to make sexual advances towards you. You’ve been brushing her off, but it hasn’t stopped her pursuit. Now you are extremely uncomfortable around her and want it to end, but you also don’t want to lose your job. You’re not sure what to do.
You Don’t Have to Suffer in Silence
Years ago no one ever talked about males as victims of sexual harassment. The assumption was that men were not bothered by “attention” from a woman, even if she was his manager. Today, however, it is a different story. Knowing what to do when you are the recipient of unwanted sexual advances can help you find justice. If you are being harassed in the workplace, take the following steps now:
- Confront the harasser. Tell the harasser directly you want the behavior to stop. Don’t make light of the situation with jokes. It will be awkward no matter what you do, so you need to be serious and direct right now. Never apologize or act indecisive; stand your ground and let it be known you do not want these advances.
- Talk to your manager. If the harasser isn’t your manager, tell him or her about the abuse. If the harasser is your manager, go to your human resources department and file a complaint. If nothing happens after you talk to HR, contact the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and report the behavior.
Take Action Against Your Accuser
Proving a sexual harassment case on your own is difficult. Essentially, it is your word against the abuser’s. When you have the help of an experienced attorney on your side, however, you can tip the scale in your favor. The Morton Law Offices want to help you fight back against the person who makes you feel uncomfortable and violates your respect. Contact us today to begin getting the justice you deserve.
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