Over the weekend, a lady tweeted about a case of sexual harassment at her place of work on twitter and that spur a lot of reactions from people on the social media platform.
The lady narrated how a colleague of hers was pressurized by their boss and her refusal to yield to his demands. Her refusal led to threats and even hindered her from being promoted. She was also implicated with any work related errors carried out by her. According to the lady who narrated the story, her colleague resigned from work when she could no longer bear the pressure from her boss.
From her tweets, we discovered that the lady tweeted the story after she visited her colleague whom she said had been looking for another job for the past one month but all to no avail.
The story of her colleague was a very sympathetic one not when there are steps she could have taken had she known how to deal with such situation. Thus, we have decided to help by stating actions that could be taken when faced with sexual harassment in your place of work.
Most ladies face sexual harassment at work and this cannot be attributed to a particular factor. Most social groups have helped to fight sexual harassment, as well dishing steps victims can take nevertheless, sexual harassment is still on the increase.
What constitutes sexual harassment can vary depending on the situation and people involved. It might include behaviours like unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, direct or indirect threats or bribes for sexual activity, sexual innuendos and comments, sexually suggestive jokes, unwelcome touching or brushing against a person, pervasive displays of materials with sexually illicit or graphic content, and attempted or completed sexual assault.
Another thing to note is that anyone, male or female, can be a victim of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is not limited by gender. The victim or the harasser may be a woman or a man.
If your employer has a sexual harassment policy in place, follow it. Put complaints in writing. Take notes on the harassment and be specific in your details — note the time and place of each incident, what was said and done, and who witnessed the actions. You can record the incident and conversation.
You can also speak to your harasser, if you are safe about it. Explain to the person what behaviour is bothering you, name the behaviour, be specific and ask the harasser to stop the behaviour.
Inform your supervisor and if you do not feel comfortable speaking directly to the person harassing you, go directly to your supervisor or human resources department and lay your complaint. You can also file a lawsuit if possible. This should not stop you from doing a good job, infact keep record of your work and copies of your job evaluations at home or any letters or memos that show you do a good job at work.
Seek support from friends and family; and file a lawsuit if possible.
Best of luck!