Any form of workplace harassment needs to be addressed as soon as possible, or else it will only worsen. The way you respond to harassment in the workplace will depend on how serious the harassment is, or its exact type.
If you are comfortable speaking to the person about it, then do so. If, however, the behavior is much more serious, and you feel uncomfortable or intimidated to approach the individual, you have other recourses. In this case, you’d be well-advised to get in touch with an experienced harassment attorney to help you take action.
Here are some things you can do to take action:
If you decide to talk to the individual who is harassing you, be direct about their behavior, and tell them to stop. Don’t allow any debate – the fact of the matter is that you are uncomfortable with the behavior and that you want it to stop. Draft a written letter confirming that you took this step in case you need it later on.
If the behavior continues, you can take legal action. Find out who is responsible for dealing with these types of complaints in the workplace. If you do not trust this individual, find out if there is an alternate manager you can complain to. Tell this person what behavior you are bothered by, and be specific. Take notes of this conversation, and ask them what they will do to rectify the situation and how long it will take. Be sure to follow up with them.
If nothing is done, or you feel that the matter is not being handled as you would expect, seek legal advice. You should never have to ensure harassment in the workplace for any reason.
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