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Sexual harassment complaints may go unheard

While movements like #MeToo have drawn attention to the serious problem of workplace sexual harassment, too many workers find that they make complaints but see little action. Workers are often all too aware that the primary role of a human resources department is to protect the interests of the company rather than to ensure a safe, positive employment environment for all workers. Therefore, they may be hesitant to make a report about harassing behavior on the job, especially when the perpetrator is an executive, board member or other high-ranking official or employee. They may try to manage the problem on their own or avoid the harasser as much as possible.

However, when workers can no longer ignore the harassment, face threats to their job or see vulnerable people at risk, even the wary may turn to HR for help. They may find help in some cases, but on other occasions, the complaint could seem to disappear. It might be difficult to hunt down information. Even more troubling, workers who file complaints may face retaliation. Retaliation for complaining about harassment is just as unlawful as harassment itself, but it continues to be both a common fear and a real risk for workers who speak up against mistreatment on the job.

The type of investigation that may be done into sexual harassment allegations often depends on the company or workplace. A large company does not guarantee a good investigation, unfortunately. Some organizations may make use of their legal department or even hire outside investigators to probe complaints that draw more attention.

Workers who experience sexual harassment on the job have a right to speak out and put an end to the mistreatment. An employment law attorney may be able to provide Boca Raton, Florida, sexual harassment legal assistance to help affected workers seek justice.

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