Sexual harassment is intimidating somebody based on their gender. That may include making unacceptable sexual advances, asking for sexual favors, or any verbal or physical harassment that is sexual. You should note that occasional offhand comments, while they might be unwelcome, can be legal.
According to EEOC, what is illegal, however, is when the comments create a hostile work environment. To discuss the options that might be available to you, you should consult the HR department for the way forward. They can guide you through the legal procedures and offer solid advice on your options.
If you have experienced any form of sexual harassment at the workplace, here are the steps you should take: Clearly state that the conduct is offensive and inappropriate. Also, make it known that the action was unwanted and against your wish.
Document what happened. It would help if you held on to any evidence, e.g., emails and documents, and take note of each incident. Detailed documentation will prove vital later on when you may need sufficient evidence in a court of law.
Report the behavior to your employer. Always do not let an incident go unreported, especially within a reasonable period. Inform your employer’s human resources department or another appropriate entity. If your boss is the one harassing you, you may want to file the claim with the court and document any evidence of the issue.
If you file a lawsuit against them in a court of law, ensure you carry along with you every piece of evidence you have. Also, you may have witnesses to give their accounts.