You have the right to protect yourself, your job, and your future. As an employee in the state of Indiana, you should know your rights regarding navigating sexual harassment in the workplace. Harassment laws protect employees from matters that inhibit work performance or restrict employment opportunities. In the scope of sexual harassment, intimidating or hostile work environments are viewed as unacceptable, and need to be carefully managed.
Employers are required to have formal policies about sexual harassment in the workplace, but because sexual harassment often goes undetected, every employee must be willing to be vocal when they witness sexual harassment.
What Is Considered Sexual Harassment?
- Unwelcome rewards in the workplace based on sexual favors
- Unwanted sexual advances
- Sex discrimination
- Derogatory jokes and sexual verbiage
- Sexual gestures, leering, or displaying suggestive objects or pictures
- Verbal abuse including comments about a person’s body
- Retaliation for rejecting said sexual advances
- Propositions for sexual favors
- Sexual orientation discrimination
What Can You Do If a Coworker Is Sexually Harassing You?
If you’ve been the victim of sexual harassment, always record the actions in writing. Victims of sexual discrimination need to follow several steps to ensure that the behaviors are recorded and reported.
Review your company’s policy on sexual harassment in the workplace to ensure your claims comply. You may feel comfortable discussing the matter with your direct supervisor or Human Resources. From there, you can file a claim within the company. Keep in mind that the process can vary based on your organization’s structure and size, but be clear about the situation and advocate for your rights.
If you are ever in a life-threatening sexual harassment situation, call 911 immediately.
How Do You File a Sexual Harassment Complaint?
Filing a claim typically starts by an employee reporting sexual harassment to Human Resources or a supervisor, but depending on the organization and size of your company, you may feel more comfortable first getting legal advice from a sexual harassment attorney.
Employment lawyers who specialize in sensitive information like sexual harassment claims can help you understand your rights as an employee. It’s important to feel confident in these matters before you speak with your company to protect yourself and your rights effectively. If this is not your first attempt to mediate a sexual harassment situation, or if you’ve been given an NDA, bring it to your lawyer.
The law office can also address legal issues and present counter-arguments on your behalf. Be prepared to have all of your evidence organized to support your claims.
Indiana laws, including the Indiana Civil Rights Law, are designed to prevent sexual harassment. Our employment attorneys will help you navigate the process of filing a claim and taking action against a hostile workplace.
Contact HKM Today
If you’re in Marion County and are the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, contact the sexual harassment lawyers of HKM Employment Attorneys in Indianapolis for a consultation.
Our law firm has years of experience and will help employees understand local and federal employment laws in a number of practice areas. We’re ready to tackle any legal issues, from discrimination to wrongful termination. Remember: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits all employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin, and state laws prohibit this, too.