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What should you do as a victim of sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment can make any work environment inhospitable. It may make you want to avoid going to work or make you feel that you aren't welcome there.

Sexual harassment doesn't have a place in the workplace, even if it seems like everyone is okay with it. You have the right to work in an environment that doesn't threaten your safety or make you feel uncomfortable about the way clients, co-workers or your employers make you feel.

What should you do if you think you're a victim of sexual harassment?

If you believe that you're being harassed on the job, you should make sure you take notes on what happened with the date and time. If there is video or digital evidence, keep it or forward it to your attorney.

You should try to speak with the person you believe is harassing you and ask them to stop. If their behavior continues, you can talk to your human resources department. If they do not intervene, then you may be in the right position to start a lawsuit against the company or individuals involved.

You will need to be able to show that you were harassed over time unless a single incident of harassment was so severe that it's clearly a problem. For example, a co-worker locking you in a closet while trying to sexually assault you would be bad enough that a single incident should be reported to the authorities and recorded for your claim.

Our site has more on sexual harassment and what you should do if you fall victim to another person's words or actions.

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