Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which violates civil rights. Unfortunately, we live in a world in which it seems that requests for sexual favors, sexual advances and gestures that count as sexual harassment take place every single day. We don’t have any official numbers and for a reason: they are high. A recent study conducted by the Cosmopolitan magazine shows that all women aged between 18 and 34 have experienced a sexual harassment situation. This is a study conducted by a magazine only on women aged between 18 and 34 but what if the study addressed to all people in the workforce at the moment? Can you imagine what such a study would show?
Things are clear: we have a huge sexual harassment problem and it needs to stop. The only way in which this is possible is to educate people and to help them easier recognize a sexual harassment situation when they experience one. If you feel that you are one of the people who don’t easily recognize a sexual harassment situation, learn more here. Professionals such as the ones at Walker Law will help and guide you, they will provide very useful legal advice and in case the situation is very serious and needs to be taken to the court of law, they will represent you. It would also be useful to check out a few examples of sexual harassment. If you are ready to learn, please check out the list below:
- Following a person around
- Paying excessive attention to what a person does
- Brushing up a person ‘’accidentally on purpose’’
- Standing in a person’s way
- Making sexual jokes, telling stories of past sexual experiences
- Sexual gestures, inappropriate touching, caressing or kissing
- Sending inappropriate email messages and phone messages
- Making jokes or making fun of a person’s gender identity
- Making jokes or making fun of a person’s sexual orientation
- Sexually offensive gestures
- Sexually offensive facial expressions.
As you can imagine, this is only a short list of situations that count as sexual harassment. Since the number of people affected by it is huge, there is a big possibility for you to be one of them. If you are actually experiencing uncomfortable situations at this very moment, there are a lot of things that you can do. The first step would be for you to address the problem to your manager or to your team lead; if you don’t feel comfortable with doing this because the person who is sexually harassing you is part of the same team and you are afraid of the idea of no action being taken at all, then please address the problem to the HR department. You can also go a bit even further than that and turn your attention to a law firm such as Walker Law. They are more than happy to offer you legal advice and to guide you in case you want to take everything to the court of law, so please schedule an appointment with one of them; you won’t regret it.