Workplace harassment has no place in a positive work environment. In fact, there are federal and state laws in place to prevent harassment from making people scared to go to work.
Despite the laws and regulations that are in place, many people still struggle with workplace harassment. For example, you might be at work one day and have a superior demean you in front of your coworkers. You could have someone talk down to you every shift as if you’re unable to handle the job on your own.
Workplace harassment can, and usually does, have a negative impact on the work environment. Fortunately, with the protections that are in place, you will be able to seek out support and fight back.
How should you address workplace harassment?
Usually, the first step is to address the behaviors that you don’t like with the person who is bullying or harassing you. If they continue with their harassing attitude, the bullying worsens or the harassment is more serious than simple comments, then it may be time to talk to someone with more power, like a human resources director or manager.
It’s important not to feel like you’re alone if you’re facing harassment. You should report any misconduct to your supervisors and human resources, so that they can help you handle the situation appropriately.
It is true that it’s sometimes difficult to hold people responsible. For example, if you are reporting a business owner to human resources, the ability to seek recourse is usually limited. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t take your complaint elsewhere. In that kind of situation, you always have the ability to reach out to an attorney for information on reporting these actions and protecting your legal rights.
Don’t forget to document the harassment
Remember that you should always document harassment, when it happens, who was nearby and other details that could help your case later on. Keep a copy for yourself and provide another to your superiors, relevant colleagues and HR. You want to do all you can to have evidence of your claims, so that you can back up what you tell your superiors.
Although you may feel that you’re in a difficult position now, you can fight back against this kind of harassment. You have the right to work in an environment that is not harassing or threatening. If your superiors won’t listen, you should look into the next legal steps in California.