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How to deal with and document sexual harassment

When it comes to workplace sexual harassment, there are things that the victim must do to improve his or her chance of putting an end to the behavior once and for all.

Above all else, you must realize there is no place for sexual harassment at work. This is not something you should tolerate, no matter how scared you may be. It is never easy to speak up, especially if you are worried about losing your job, but it is something you must do.

Documenting sexual harassment is a simple process, as long as you are organized and detail-oriented. Here are some things you can do:

-- Keep a journal of what has happened in the past. This includes all the details associated with the incident, including the date, the person, and what happened. You should also make note of anybody who witnessed the harassment, as they may be able to speak on your behalf in the future.

-- Keep any evidence. Did you receive a sexually charged email or text message? How about an image? If you believe something could act as evidence, make sure you hold onto it.

-- Speak to others about your situation. This often means coworkers who may have also been harassed by the same person.

Sexual harassment is a serious concern for many people. Unfortunately, some never speak up because they are afraid of what this will mean to their employment. Anybody who finds him- or herself in this position should know how to deal with it, as well as what information needs to be documented.

Source: National Women's Law Center, "Frequently Asked Questions About Sexual Harassment In The Workplace," accessed Sep. 14, 2015

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