Harassment seems to be an ongoing problem within our everyday lives, especially when you’re at work. Harassment is any behavior or words that are towards you that make you feel distressed. This type of aggravation makes it hard to do your job and makes you wonder how to deal with it. There are various types of harassment these days, including but not limited to sexual or racial. There are steps to deal with this setback in life, and their outlined below.
- The first thing to do is trust how you are feeling, if you are not comfortable with what is being said or done, then its more than likely harassment. Focus on the actions, and once you come to the conclusion that it’s harassment, you need to deal with it. Dealing with it is the best solution; the problem is not going to go away if you ignore it. Sweeping it under the rug is not the proper way to deal with dilemma.
- Once you figure out it's harassment, you need to tell the person that what they are doing is not acceptable, and you wish them to stop. Usually this step is the furthest you have to take the problem you’re having, most do not realize their actions are a disturbance to you. Once they have come to realize they are, they will usually stop the actions and apologize. By letting them know, you have given them fair warning that if the aggravation does not stop, you will be taking it to another level.
- If they have not stopped, you need to let others close to you know what is going on. Most of the time, the harasser will do these actions thinking that you will not tell anyone. Having the encouragement of friends behind you will help aid you in dealing with the problem. Keeping your mouth shut in these cases, isolates you as the victim, and in the long run will keep the harassment ongoing.
- If at this time, the person has not stopped the bothersome behavior, you need to begin documenting all the provocation. This includes all the dates, times, the person doing the harassment, and if possible any witnesses who will vouch that it happened. Also, ask around and see if this person has any other record of harassment. Those who have recurring harassment records will typically not stop what they’re doing. Make your case as strong as you are capable of doing.
- It is at this time, if the harassment has not stopped, that you need to find out what your work policies may be towards harassment. At work, the policies are usually out in the open with a name and phone number of someone you can contact and speak in private with. It will be at this time that you need to contact the appropriate people and make your complaint, as without the complaint being filed, you have nothing to stand on. Make your employer conscious of what is going on and hand them your documents proving your issues.
You have the right to work, you have the right to be able to go out and earn a living, and you have the right to not be harassed during such. Harassment is against the law, and any employer who allows this to happen should be stopped. If you do not feel comfortable going to your employer, or if it is your employer doing the badgering, then you will need to take your steps further and contact a lawyer or the corporate offices and make them aware of what is happening.