More pain than most people realize can result from sexual harassment at work. The psychological toll on victims is typically severe, with symptoms including despair, anxiety, headaches, dysfunctional sexual behavior, sleep issues, and low self-esteem.
You might first be unsure about what to do if you overhear someone referring to you in a sexual way. But when you eventually get the will to order them to stop, they can dismiss your request as a joke and act like the issue. Sexual remarks are nonetheless seen as a form of harassment, even when they could seem subtly offensive. Carey & Associates, P.C. can help you with any issues you might face at work.
Discrimination of any kind includes sexual harassment.
A common foundation for sexual harassment is outdated gender preconceptions about a person’s sex. Sexual harassment is thus described as a kind of gender discrimination. In light of this, it is considered sexual harassment when someone shares offensive sexual jokes or comments at work.
This is due to the possibility of demeaning gender identity or sexual orientation with unwelcome sexual comments. Attempts to offend a coworker may also be made, but only very subtly. Conversely, sexual remarks can be anything from expressing inappropriate remarks about someone’s attractiveness to making a harsh judgment of their sexual preferences.
Sexual remarks that fall under the category of sexual harassment
The following are only a few examples of sexual statements that might escalate to sexual harassment:
- Sexual comments concerning the body parts, looks, and attire of another person
- Jokes about sex that are disrespectful or insensitive
- referring to a person’s gender negatively
- Sexually explicit advice or accounts
- taunting or unwanted sexual gestures
- spreading misinformation regarding someone’s gender
- discussing one’s sexual preferences, history, or dreams
How to file a sexual harassment report?
It is often best to report sexual harassment as soon as it occurs, especially when it takes the form of inappropriate comments. Most businesses have policies in place for reporting sexual harassment, including what constitutes it, how to go about doing so, how instances are handled during investigations and the consequences of doing so. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal organization that looks into discrimination accusations, is one government entity to which you might want to report the occurrence.
Sexual harassment is forbidden under any circumstances. If you have been subjected to sexual harassment and reporting the offender has not helped, consider getting legal counsel as soon as possible.