Sexual harassment still remains a problem that women, and some men, face in the workplace. Offenders often see nothing wrong with their actions, nor do they show any remorse. Now, many victims and those who show their support are fighting back.
While the total number of workplace harassment claims are in decline, sexual harassment complaints are on the rise, says the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Approximately 7,609 sexual harassment complaints were reported to the EEOC in 2018 – a 13.6 percent increase from 2017.
Sadly, only an estimated 15-20 percent of victims actually report workplace sexual harassment – meaning the number of incidents could be much higher.
What constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace?
Workplace sexual harassment can include any of the following behaviors:
- Unwelcome sexual advances
- Casual or explicit physical/sexual contact
- Inappropriate comments or jokes
- Displaying sexually explicit material
- Management offering promotions or raises in return for sexual favors
- Intimidating or threatening retaliation against victims for speaking out
- Sexual assault or rape
Victims can be either women or men, and perpetrators can be either the opposite or same gender. Moreover, the perpetrator may be a co-worker, manager, agent of the employer, supervisor in another department, a vendor, customer, or visitor.
What to do if you’re a victim of workplace sexual harassment
Dealing with workplace sexual harassment may require reporting incidents to management or human resources. In some cases, police may need to get involved.
Sometimes reports aren’t taken seriously. If the perpetrators involve “higher-ups” in the company you work for, your employer may attempt to retaliate against you.
That’s why if you’re dealing with workplace sexual harassment, you are urged to speak out and take action. The compassionate and knowledgeable legal team at Andrus Law Firm would like to sit down with you and discuss this matter.
Don’t worry about the repercussions from the perpetrator, even if it’s a high-ranking person in your company. Workplace sexual harassment is illegal and nobody is exempt from the legal consequences.
Our attorneys will fight tirelessly to hold abusive or negligent parties accountable – including those who failed to act when they were given the opportunity to do so.
We represent victims of workplace sexual harassment in greater Salt Lake City. Don’t hesitate to contact us online to help you explore the legal options available to you. We’ll take the time to listen to your story. We understand the sensitive nature of this topic and will respect your privacy. We will meet with you in your home or wherever you feel safe to talk with us. We’re here for you.