It’s not always easy to pinpoint if you’re the victim of workplace sexual harassment. You may have an idea that something is going on but uncertain about whether you should speak up and take action.
As a general rule of thumb, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Sexual harassment is a big deal, and you shouldn’t stand for anything that makes you uncomfortable.
There are many signs that point toward workplace sexual harassment, including the following:
- You’re part of an experience that is sexual in nature: This can include things such as a co-worker asking questions about your sex life, a supervisor continually asking you out on a date or someone sending you inappropriate pictures via email or text message.
- You can’t make it stop: You’ve tried to bring an end to the harassment, but the other person simply doesn’t give up.
- You feel the need to play along: Even if you’re opposed to the behavior, you may feel the need to go along with it to protect your employment or move on with your day.
- You’re concerned about retaliation: This is the most common reason to keep quiet about workplace sexual harassment. You’re worried your harasser will retaliate, which could result in termination, demotion or something else that affects your employment.
Don’t ever second-guess yourself if you feel that you’re the victim of workplace sexual harassment. Instead, look for these signs and then take action. If you’re unable to stop the other person or you become the victim of retaliation, learn more about your legal rights.