Answer Harassment Issue Sexual
Q: What can I do if the harassment continues after I complain?
A:Keep a journal of your experiences, and keep the journal at home, not at your desk. Notice who else is being harassed, if anyone, and who else is in a position to notice the harassment. Keep copies of all of your complaints, and any written harassment (notes, e-mails, etc.) If you feel that the behavior is keeping you from a deserved promotion, write down the reason for that idea. Keep copies of your performance evaluations. If you are threatened, take care of yourself first. No job is worth being raped or sexually assaulted. If the behavior is adversely affecting your emotional health, raising your blood pressure too high, or otherwise ruining your happiness, consider leaving the situation (inside the company or out), even if it makes it harder for you to prove a case of sexual harassment. At some point you need to weigh the job against your own well-being. If the situation does not improve, contact a lawyer, see a counselor if needed, and most importantly, file a timely charge with the equal employment opportunity commission (federal or local). You have 180 days (sometimes a little more, depending on your state) to file an administrative claim with the commission, dated from the last harassing behavior or the adverse job action. Failure to take this step will prevent you in most states from filing a lawsuit later. You don't need a lawyer to do file a charge with the commissions. Realize, however, that the equal employment opportunity commissions are too busy to do a thorough investigation on all but a few cases. It is a smart idea to have a consultation with a lawyer, before either of you makes a commitment to pursue a lawsuit.
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