The 2020s ushered in many changes to how companies conduct business and manage employees. One of the most innovative changes was allowing employees to work in remote workspaces.
You might think that remote work reduced occupational sexual harassment, but it only changed how it occurs. It is important to remember that such conduct remains unlawful, regardless of where or how the harassment occurs.
What are some examples of remote sexual harassment?
Unfortunately, unwanted sexual conduct can take many forms for remote employees. One common example is the possibility of increased exposure to lewd or sexually suggestive content transmitted electronically.
Here are some more examples:
- Requesting dates or meetups
- Making comments about appearance
- Denigrating certain genders during work communications
As you can see, virtual sexual harassment involves many of the same elements as in-person harassment. The main difference is in how the unwanted behaviors are delivered.
What are your options as a victim of remote harassment?
California has some of the country’s most progressive employee protections. To use these laws effectively, take the following steps in preparing a claim for sexual harassment:
- Save all communications between you and the other party.
- Study your company’s workplace harassment policies.
- Report the conduct to a manager or supervisor.
- Keep a record of the harassment.
You may feel uncomfortable reporting sexual harassment or discussing it with your superiors. However, showing that you tried to resolve the matter before filing a claim may strengthen your case.
Legal guidance can play a beneficial role in California sexual harassment and discrimination claims. An experienced representative can help protect your rights.