Sexual harassment is a serious problem that no one should ever experience. Despite how terrible this kind of harassment is, nearly 40% of women in the workplace have experienced it. Filing a sexual harassment claim can help make it clear that these actions have consequences, but many victims may feel like a claim will not work.
The key to a successful claim is gathering the necessary proof against your harasser. Proving harassment means you need to show that the harassment happened because of your sex, the actions were unwelcome, and the actions were abusive. You can take these steps to help make your claim successful against your harasser:
By keeping a detailed record of events, you can help pinpoint the information needed for a strong sexual harassment claim. Take notes of what was said, what actions happened, when and where they happened, and who else witnessed the event. If any correspondence happens that acknowledges the harassment, such as emails, texts or notes, be sure to keep them as well.
Report the harassment to the police
Even if the report does not yield fruitful results, developing a paper trail of the harassment is vital. Make sure the police report accurately and thoroughly reflects the actual events. Once the police complete their report, make sure you keep a copy of it as well.
Report the harassment to the EEOC
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) oversees how businesses respond to sexual harassment in the workplace and have the authority to act against the offending party and their employer for allowing the harassment to happen.
Seek an experienced attorney
A skilled attorney can help guide you through the process of a sexual harassment claim while taking the majority of the work upon you. If you have suffered from sexual harassment in the workplace, you deserve to seek justice with the help of a compassionate lawyer who will fight for you.