• Make it clear you find the behavior
offensive and the attention unwanted. If it continues, write a memo
to the harasser asking him to stop; keep a personal copy.
• Write down each incident including
date, time and place in your personal diary and do not leave your
diary at work. Detail what happened and include your response. This
information will be useful if you take legal action. If there is
any DNA evidence, preserve it in a paper bag. Do not use a plastic
• Sexual harassment is not your fault. Let
your friends, family, doctors or your church or synagogue support
• Keep copies of performance evaluations
and memos that attest to the quality of your work. The harasser
may question your job performance in order to justify his behavior.
• You are probably not
the first person who has been mistreated by this individual. Discretely
ask around; you may find others who endured the same problems.
• The law requires you to use any
grievance procedures or other channels detailed in your employee
handbook, company policies, etc. If you're in a union, get the union
steward involved right away.
• Contact an attorney to help you file
charges with the appropriate agencies (such as the EEOC) within
300 days of the first acts of harassment. The employer's EEO department
is not the same as the federal government's EEOC agency. They are
entirely different entities. In general, the sexual harassment laws
apply to companies with 15 or more employees. However, Florida's
state laws may protect you in some specific instances. An employment
attorney will help determine which laws apply.
This publication and the information included in it are not
intended to serve as a substitute for consultation with an attorney.
Specific factual situations, legal issues, concerns and
conditions always require the advice of appropriate legal professionals.
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