If you are receiving unwanted sexual attention and advances in your workplace, you should not just brush it off. These actions will likely get worse, make you more uncomfortable, and possibly cause you to become unsafe. Follow these tips on how to deal with a situation like this.
1. Contact an experienced employment law attorney
An attorney can help you determine whether you have a valid claim, prepare you for the legal process ahead, and aggressively pursue your rights.
2. Speak with the individual making the advance
This is the best first course of action. It may only take a simple conversation to make them realize that they are making you uncomfortable and need to stop.
3. Speak with your manager or supervisor
If you feel comfortable, speak with either of these people. They may be able to give you advice on how to manage the situation. They may also be able to tell you how to file a formal complaint if you feel that the situation has gone far enough to do so.
4. Seek guidance from HR
If you do not feel comfortable speaking with the individual who is advancing themselves upon you, you should speak with your company’s HR department. They will be able to give you guidance on how to approach the issue and may even conduct an investigation on the issue.
5. Seek guidance from a mentor or personal coach
A mentor or personal coach could help you navigate the situation without causing harm on your job. They are great to have for any career related scenarios you may need assistance with.
6. Do not gossip or badmouth
Although this may be hard, it is important not to speak poorly about the person who is making advances on you. This will only bring more attention to the issue, possibly making it worse.
7. Utilize company resources
Many larger companies provide free or low-cost mental health and wellness services. If your company offers these, you should reach out.