If you believe you are being sexually harassed at work, you are not alone. A lot of employees have the same experience and many of them decide not to speak up. Even if others want the harassment to stop, they may be worried about what will happen if they confront the harasser or report them to HR or management. Things can get even more confusing for victims of the harasser is the employer themselves.
Can your boss fire you for reporting harassment? This may or may not happen. But, you may not get fired for reporting harassment, unless you have a reckless boss. If you are a well-performing employee and your boss fired you shortly after reporting sexual harassment, talk to an experienced Charlotte Sexual Harassment Lawyer as soon as possible. Before you report the misconduct, you must know what’s best for your situation. You should take into account the following issues when deciding when, how, and where to report workplace sexual harassment.
Does the Conduct Qualify for Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment is a type of discrimination that includes unwelcome sexual advances, verbal or physical conduct of sexual nature, and requests for sexual favors. But, unwelcome conduct can be sexual harassment even if it’s not sexual in nature. Offensive remarks about your gender, like offensive comments about women in general, can be a form of sexual harassment.
In addition, sexual harassment can be considered illegal if it is serious or frequent and pervasive that it makes your workplace environment undesirable for you. The pervasive harassment should impact your employment’s term, condition, and privilege.
Should You Resign After Reporting Sexual Harassment?
You may want to quit your job to eliminate yourself from the hospital work environment and your abuser instead of reporting sexual harassment to HR. But, quitting your job can decrease any leverage you might have to bargain for the best terms for your resignation. Also, it may weaken any legal claims you could pursue. Sometimes, the court may consider your resignation a constructive discharge. But, it is best not to depend on this argument. Simply quitting your job is making your employer’s life easier.
How to Fight Back Against Sexual Harassment
Aside from continuously showing up to work and enduring the harassment, you should document in detail all instances of harassment. Make sure to use your personal email accounts to do this. Having real-time records of the offensive conduct is important when it’s time to report the harassment to HR and when you decide to pursue legal remedies in court.