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How to tell if you are being sexually harassed at work

Sexual harassment is a serious matter that should not be taken lightly. If someone is harassing you at work you should not hesitate to seek help. Unfortunately, sometimes sexual harassment is not clear-cut or black and white. Sometimes people might not realize the actions or words a coworker is using that are making them uncomfortable actually qualify as sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment encompasses many different unwanted actions and behaviors. It is not limited to aggressive physical advancements and it is not only committed by supervisors and bosses. Anyone can be a victim or a perpetrator of sexual harassment in the workplace.

How do you know?

While some instances of sexual harassment are obvious, others are not. In fact, if you feel uncomfortable with the way one of your coworkers acts or behaves around you, there is a chance this could be a sign of sexual harassment. Some indications include:

  • If someone asks you out on a date, frequently and consistently, despite you turning them down
  • Sexual remarks or comments either directed at you or made around you
  • Inappropriate touching including unwanted hugging, kissing or touching themselves
  • Sharing or forwarding sexually implicit photos or other messages
  • Offensive comments or jokes about appearance or other sexual-related subjects

There are a few other indications that a person could be sexually harassing you that are even less obvious. You may be a victim of sexual harassment if:

  • You cannot get the actions to stop, even after asking
  • You feel pressured - i.e. you do not think you can ask them to stop or you were told to simply avoid that person
  • You do not feel comfortable complaining or telling anyone about the treatment, possibly because of the implied consequences

What should you do?

If you believe your experience falls under these signs, you should seek help. If you feel the HR department at your job will not listen or respond responsibly, you may want to consult an attorney to examine your options.

Sexual harassment is unacceptable in the world and especially in the workplace. You should not feel as though you have no options, or nowhere to turn. You are not alone and you can get help.

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