Sexual harassment at work can jeopardize your livelihood.
And your well-being.
Sexual harassment in employment is unlawful—you have a right work free from unwelcome or unwanted touching and propositioning.
And, if you complain about harassment or misconduct to your employer, you have a right to continue working there free from retaliation.
Sexual Harassment and Self-Blame
A frequently overlooked element in understanding victims’ responses to sexual harassment is the role of guilt.
Before coming forward to report harassment at work, victims tend to battle self-blame and feeling of shame. This may, at least in part, be due to our natural tendency to believe that if something bad is happening only to us, then we must have done something to bring it about.
Often victims feel alone in their experiences, and believe the problem is them.
But remember: It’s not.
Do Not Suffer In Silence
Currently, we are witnessing is a collective shift in awareness resulting from victims of sexual misconduct refusing to suffer in silence. As more victims speak out, many others are beginning to realize they are not alone. This enables victims to shed feelings of self-blame and guilt.
Ands more victims speak out, other victims’ perspectives are shifting from the false, subjective belief that they are responsible, and instead transitioning to the objective realization: “It was bigger than me.”
In short, victims are beginning to understand that sexual harassment is neither their fault nor their problem to bear alone.
We Can Help
Under federal law, you have the right to work free from sexual harassment and discrimination.
If you have been subjected to mistreatment at work in the form of unwanted touching and/or disparaging or degrading comments—or if you complained of gender-related mistreatment and then were subjected to retaliation, contact us now to schedule a consultation.
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