There are many forms of sexual harassment in California. It is also not just limited to the entertainment industry or politicians either, even though most of the publicity is centered on those to areas of society. Sexual harassment is present in many different types of employment settings and affects many people each year. There has now a big movement to shed light on the problem, but the victims of the harassment still need to know how to properly address their individual cases.

If someone is the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace it is important that they take certain actions to put an end to it and ensure they are able to later protect their rights. The first thing that the victim should do is say “no” clearly and to ask the person to stop the harassing behavior. It is also important to start making written notes about the incidents of harassment. This should include, times, places, type of behavior, if anyone else was around at the time and other relevant information. The victim should also keep these written notes in a safe place, preferably not at work and if done electronically not on a work computer.

It is also important for the victim to file a complaint with human resources or their supervisor and the complaint should be in writing. The victim should also check the employee handbook for any formal procedures on how to file a complaint. It can also be helpful to ask to review one’s personnel file in order to see if reports changed after reporting the sexual harassment. Finally the victim could file a complaint with the EEOC. This must be done before a lawsuit can be filed.

Sexual harassment has been very prevalent in California workplaces for a while and it is a problem which may never be fully fixed. That means that there are many victims of sexual harassment and these victims may be entitled to compensation from their employers. However, it is important that they follow the steps above to help ensure the harassers are held accountable. Experienced attorneys also understand the process and may be able to guide one through it.

Source: www.equalrights.org, “Sexual Harassment at Work” accessed on Jan. 3, 2017