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Steps to take if you suspect sexual harassment

Many people believe that sexual harassment at work is easy to pinpoint, but this is not always true. There are times when a victim does not know what is going on, which makes it difficult for him or her to decide what to do next.

If you suspect any type of sexual harassment at your place of employment, it is better to be safe than sorry. It is better to look into your options right away, as opposed to sitting back and hoping the problem disappears on its own.

As soon as you realize you are being harassed, there are a few things you can do:

-- Document everything. This includes the finer details of each incident, such as the behavior of the other party, how you reacted, the time and where it occurred.

-- Save all evidence. For example, you may have an email that a person sent you. Make sure you save this in a safe place.

-- Review your employee handbook. This is where you will find your company's official policy on sexual harassment, including how to report the problem.

-- Talk to your supervisor or human resources department. You want to make others aware of what is going on.

Remember, if you are a victim of sexual harassment, you did nothing wrong. It is the other person that is in the wrong. You are simply trying to put an end to the problem so you can move forward with your career.

If you want to learn more about dealing with sexual harassment at work, review our "What To Do If You Suspect Sexual Harassment At Work" webpage.

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