DEFINITION OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT: Sexual harassment is any abusive or offensive treatment that happens simply because of a person's sex or gender.
* Sexual harassment can be unwelcome sexual advances, innuendoes, touches, or comments. Sexual harassment can be subtle—it isn't just lewd comments and vulgar gestures; it can also be romantic overtures after you've told the harasser you aren't interested, or offensive materials on display in the workplace.
* Sexual harassment can also be mistreatment that is not sexual in nature, but is directed only at one sex, for example, when a woman enters an all male working environment and is mistreated simply because she is a woman.
* Sexual harassment can be treatment that creates a "quid pro quo" (where your employer makes accepting the abuse a condition of your employment and threatens to fire or demote you if you don't) or it can be treatment that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.
What To Do If You Are Sexually Harassed:
Don't blame yourself. Don't assume that you are doing something to provoke the harassment. Remember that sexual harassment has more to do with power than with sex.
* Object! Make it clear to the harasser that his or her behavior is unwelcome. While you may prefer to object verbally in the beginning, if the harassment continues, object in writing and keep a copy of the letter. Be specific about what behavior you find objectionable.
* Keep a log or diary of incidents-date, time, place, behavior, what was said, witnesses. Keep the log in a safe place at home, not at work.
* Don't suffer in silence! The harasser is counting on you to keep it a secret.
Talk to friends and family. Let people who care about you give you their support.
Talk to co-workers, Since harassers tend to be repeaters, you may learn of other victims of the same harasser. Also, your co-workers may provide support and some protection and, if alerted, may be able to corroborate incidents of harassment.
Talk to your union steward. If for some reason you feel uncomfortable approaching your steward or if you believe your steward is not responding appropriately, contact one of the local union officers or your staff representative.
* Take formal action through the union or employer grievance procedure. Your union representative should be able to assist you. It is important to help establish employer liability to make sure the employer knows about the harassment and is given an opportunity to stop it.
* Insist that the proposed "solution" does not adversely affect you. For example, the employer may propose transferring you away from the harasser. If the new job is in an inconvenient location or would adversely affect your seniority rights or promotional opportunities, you are within your rights to insist that the harasser-not you-be inconvenienced.
Since litigation can be expensive, time consuming and traumatic for the sexual harassment victim, every effort should be made to deal with the problem at the workplace. If the problem cannot be so resolved, do the following—
* File a complaint with the state FEP agency or the federal EEOC.
* Consult an attorney experienced in sexual harassment cases. The union or your local bar association can help you locate an attorney.
* If the harasser's behavior included assault and battery or rape, file criminal charges with the police.
* If you happen to be the Chancellor of Germany, a Member of the UN Security Council, vote to enact sanctions against the offending president/dictator.
You know, people like you who don't take these things seriously, are the ones who have two specific roads. you are either the lucky ones who make it through life living as a complete idiot, or you yourselves are sexually harassed or even raped and murdered. i would never ask that upon anyone, don't make the mistake of thinking i am doing that, but i figured you should know; every two minutes someone in the U.S. is being sexually harrased. Who will it be in two minutes? you? me? your friend? my friend? the answer: ANYONE! and it's not gender specific.
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