Q How should I confront the person who sexually harassed me at work?
You’ve seen the scenario in movies and on television, but you never thought it would ever happen to you. It was a shock when it first occurred, and you weren’t even sure what had just taken place, but after you thought about it, you realized you were sexually harassed.
Perhaps your boss touched you inappropriately, made sexually aggressive comments towards you, or even threatened your job or promotion if you didn’t reciprocate his actions. Whatever happened, you don’t deserve that type of treatment and you want it to come to an end.
How to Confront Your Harasser
You worked just as hard as—if not harder than—everyone else to get where you are, and you’re not about to back down just because someone wants to treat you in a disrespectful manner. So, you decide to confront him straight-on, and here’s what you can do.
- Be honest and direct. Whatever he’s just done, say it and be specific. Speak to him in an honest and direct manner, avoiding threats, insults, or obscenities. Demand that he stop, and do so in a confident manner.
- Don’t back down. He may try to say you imagined the situation or that he thought you wanted it. He will likely do whatever he can to get away from the subject. However, his behavior is the issue, not yours. Reiterate your points, use a strong stance, and let him know you are serious.
- Remember what is important. Everyone, including you, has the right to work in a harassment-free environment. Make him aware that sexual harassment is not tolerated and you will not let it happen again.
We Can Help You Fight for Your Rights
The attorneys of Morton Law Offices, Chartered, understand what you are feeling, and we want you to know we are on your side. If your employer doesn’t take your complaint seriously, or you feel you need assistance with your claim, we can help to ensure you are heard and won’t stand for this type of treatment.
Contact us today through our website or by giving us a call to find out what we can do for you.