Sexual Harassment in the Workplace NH
Sexual harassment is a serious charge in any situation, and the workplace is no different. Sexual harassment in the workplace should not be tolerated by anyone, whether you are the victim or a coworker of a victim. A sexual harassment charge in the state of New Hampshire could bring consequences to the perpetrator and peace of mind to the victim of the harassment. While we hope that no one has to go through sexual harassment, the Law Office of Amanda Dowgiert understands that sexual harassment in the workplace does unfortunately occur.
That is why we take cases of sexual harassment very seriously in order to provide legal assistance, compassion, understanding, and the pursuit of justice for anyone who needs it. We currently serve the areas of Salem, Derry, Londonderry, and Manchester, New Hampshire and can help you navigate this difficult time and take the proper legal action.
Sexual harassment is defined by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission as any sexual advance that is unwelcome or any sexual misconduct that interferes with an individual’s ability to perform his or her job. They go on to remark that anyone who feels intimidated, uncomfortable, or that they are working in a hostile environment could be a victim of sexual harassment. Examples of sexual harassment vary from inappropriate touching, offensive jokes of a sexual nature, or sexual innuendo or comments directed at an individual, just to name a few. Below are some tips on what you can do if you are being sexually harassed in the workplace.
The first thing you must do if you are being sexually harassed is to tell someone. This can get tricky if the person sexually harassing you is your boss, however, there is usually someone trustworthy you can confide it. Speaking up about the harassment will not only solidify your experience but it could also prevent it from happening again. And if it does happen again, you can have the support of the people you informed to back you up. Also speak up to the person sexually harassing you. Let them know their specific actions or comments that you found offensive and why. Also, let them know that you will not stand for the harassment and will take action if necessary.
Prepare Yourself for the Outcome
If you come to the conclusion that you need to take legal action against someone who is sexually harassing you in the workplace, it is best to prepare yourself for the outcome. Some employers do not take these claims seriously, which is why Amanda Dowgiert can help you navigate the process and express your concerns and expectations to your employer in order to be taken seriously. An employer might not be able to fire the person sexually harassing you, depending on the extremity of the claims, and so, therefore, prepare yourself for having to continue to work with this person. Be clear with your employer or any attorneys as to what you would like to see in regards to your contact or interaction with this person in the future should you have to continue to work together.
If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of workplace sexual harassment, contact the Law Office of Amanda Dowgiert today to get the help you need and deserve.