Sexual harassment is common throughout California’s workplaces. While some of it is overt and intentional, other forms of sexual harassment are subtle and unintentional. All of it, though, is unacceptable and can leave you feeling embarrassed and threatened, and it can even affect you ability to perform your job duties and advance in your company. But you don’t have to sit back and accept this harassment. Instead, you can build your sexual harassment case in hopes of taking the legal action that is oftentimes needed to bring harassment to an end and protect your employment rights.
How to build your sexual harassment claim
A lot of success in sexual harassment claims comes from thorough preparation. This means that if you’re being sexually harassed, then you might want to consider taking the following steps:
- Make a complaint: Before you can try to hold your employer liable for sexual harassment, you need to ensure that it’s aware of the problem and has the chance to remedy it. Talk to your HR department and be sure to follow your company’s policies as far as reporting is concerned.
- Document everything: If you end up taking legal action, you’ll need evidence to support your claim. Start gathering that evidence now. Write down all instances of harassment notating the date, time, and what occurred. Talk to witnesses and document their accounts. Be sure to get their contact information, too. Retain all communications with the harasser and your HR department. All of this can prove valuable in your legal case.
- Be prepared to defend yourself: It sounds ridiculous, we know. After all, you’re the victim. But the truth of the matter is that harassers and their employers oftentimes try to blame negative employment actions on poor work performance or accuse victims of falsifying reports. Be prepared for these arguments and know how to counter them.
Stand up for yourself and your rights
Dealing with sexual harassment can be uncomfortable and scary. But you don’t have to be on the frontline of your case by yourself. Attorneys who are skilled in employment law matters, like those at our firm, stand ready to help you build the strong legal arguments that you need to position yourself as best as possible to find accountability and secure the compensation you deserve.