Workplace Harassment: How To Handle It

Do you believe you are being subject to harassment in your workplace? Is it creating a stressful environment? You don’t have to continue to endure the harassing behavior of your superior, or anyone else in your workplace. This article will show you the steps you should take to solve this problem.

Do The Research

The first thing you need to do is determine whether or not the behavior the person is engaging in actually constitutes harassment. In the eyes of the law, harassment is behavior that is intimidating, hostile, or offensive.

Minor annoyances are not considered harassment. An attorney who practices employment law can help you figure out whether or not you are actually being harassed.  

Write It Down

When dealing with a hostile work environment, it is very important to your case that you document every incident that involves harassment. When documenting the incidents, you should include the following:

  • Date and time of incident
  • Details of the incident
  • Any witnesses that were present

It is very likely that you will need this documentation when you approach management and human resources. If you end up filing a lawsuit, the documentation will be very important to your case.

Get Human Resources Involved

Arrange a meeting with your manager to discuss the harassment. If your manager is the one harassing you, set up a meeting with human resources.

You will need to show that you have gone through the proper procedures in order to be eligible to collect unemployment insurance later (if it is needed). Your employer needs to be given an opportunity to address the issue.

If your employer does not solve the problem and you are forced to resign, you could potentially be entitled to receive unemployment benefits. However, if your employer is cooperative in your efforts to resolve the problem, you will need to attempt to work with them.

If You Need To Resign

If the harassment is allowed to continue, it may be time to resign. Harassment can create an atmosphere that is stressful, which can cause problems for your health. You should not be required to stay in a poisonous situation.

If you have determined that the behavior in question is actually harassment, documented all incidences, and made an attempt to deal with the issue with your employer, then you have covered all of your bases. Arrange a meeting with human resources and review any relevant documentation that was signed when you started working at the organization.

Write your letter of resignation and give the usual two week’s notice. Make sure the letter includes your full name, employee ID number, resignation date, and a description of the harassment that you have endured. Be sure to leave out the names of any witnesses who saw the harassment occur.

Dealing with harassment in your workplace can be very difficult and stressful. Contact your a personal injury attorney, like Alterman Stuart J, who can help you get the compensation you deserve.

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