We may understand that sexual harassment in the workplace, such as asking for sexual favors or making inappropriate sexual comments at the office can seriously harm the victim the harassment is aimed at, leading to a sexual harassment claim. However, with more people in the Metro Detroit area working from home these days, sexual harassment is still a continuing problem, this time online.
Online sexual harassment can be predatory and hostile
Online sexual harassment in the workplace gives predators more tools to harass their victims. For example, a person could email sexual content or ask for quid pro quo favors through a text message. Victims may feel intimidated or fear they could lose their job if they do not acquiesce.
Online sexual harassment is especially harmful because, when you work from home, you cannot always separate yourself from your workplace, making the harassment omnipresent even in a place where you should feel safe. Some harassers go so far as to call a victim’s personal cellphone number or even show up at the victim’s home.
What can you do if you are being sexually harassed online?
Sexual harassment in the workplace, even if it is online, can quickly lead to a hostile work environment that causes intimidation and can even lead to a wrongful termination. However, victims of sexual harassment in the workplace do not have to tolerate such actions.
One step that victims can take is filing a report of the harassment. Your workplace may have internal procedures for addressing sexual harassment. However, if this fails to resolve the situation, it may be necessary to take legal action. Employment law attorneys understand just how harmful online sexual harassment can be and may be a useful resource.