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Reasons why you should report sexual harassment

On Behalf of | Apr 29, 2024 | Employment Law

Sexual harassment is one of the most degrading violations of dignity and personal boundaries that can occur in the workplace. Sometimes these cases go unreported due to fear of retaliation, disbelief or concerns about not being taken seriously.

If you are a victim of workplace sexual harassment, you may be wondering how helpful it would be to take the step of reporting it. However, there are several compelling reasons why reporting sexual harassment is important:

  • Justice and accountability: When you report the harassment, the perpetrator(s) can be held accountable for their actions, potentially facing disciplinary measures, legal consequences and preventive measures to ensure the safety of others.
  • Legal protection: Reporting sexual harassment helps ensure you are accorded the legal protections and remedies available under anti-discrimination laws. This may include access to compensation for damages, protection against retaliation and assistance from legal authorities in pursuing justice.
  • Personal healing and closure: The longer you delay reporting sexual harassment, the greater the toll on your mental and emotional well-being. Reporting it empowers you to break the silence, assert your rights and seek support, essential steps toward healing and moving forward.

In addition, reporting sexual harassment promotes workplace safety and encourages a culture where harassment is not tolerated, fostering a supportive environment for all employees.

How you can report sexual harassment in the workplace

If you’re considering reporting sexual harassment in the workplace, the following tips can help guide you through the process:

  • Know your rights: Understand your company’s policies and relevant laws regarding sexual harassment to recognize, report and seek remedies for any incidents.
  • Document the harassment: Keep detailed records of dates, times and descriptions of incidents, as well as any witnesses or evidence.
  • Choose the right channel: Report to a supervisor, HR or other designated authority you trust to handle the complaint effectively.
  • Seek support: Talk to trusted colleagues, friends or external resources for emotional support and guidance throughout the process.

Legal counsel can offer vital guidance on understanding your rights, reporting harassment effectively and seeking remedies for workplace sexual harassment.