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So who wants to talk about sex? Apparently not Human Resources…
When I started at my current job, I had to sign an agreement that I would not claim sexual harassment. They did not want to deal with the law suit. Understandably, they ask that you talk to a manager if an incident occurs so it can be handled appropriately. But that is awkward! Who wants to tell a manager that your co-worker felt up your butt as you passed their cubicle?
It is important to know how to avoid and eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace. Since offices are becoming filled with attractive, young professionals such as yourself, the threat of sexual advances is likely. This can be anywhere from an offensive joke to physical contact that makes you feel uncomfortable.
So…where does it start and how does it stop?
Here are the three most common instigators that lead to sexual harassment:
Some constructive guidance
OK, what should you do if you are being harassed at work? If you are comfortable with asking the person to stop harassing you or quit telling inappropriate jokes, do it. The person might now even realize you were offended. If it is more severe, review your company’s policy, and follow the reporting procedure. Even if some time has passed you should still report it and explain the reason for the delay. Cooperate with the company’s requests for information and try to keep the details of the investigation confidential. If you behaved in a way that might have given others the wrong impression, go ahead and admit that. If more inappropriate behavior occurs after your meeting with management, let them know about the new behavior. Do no wait until you feel like you have to quit.