Who do I tell if I feel that I am being sexually harassed at work?

If you are experiencing sexual harassment of any kind the workplace, you should follow your company’s sexual harassment reporting procedure. If your employer does not have a policy in place, then discuss the sexual harassment with your supervisor, human resources representative or another individual in your company’s management with whom you feel comfortable. They all have a legal duty to investigate your claim.

Make sure to document any steps you take to report the harassment, including taking notes on specific incidents, locations, dates, witnesses, conversations and other details. While you can report sexual harassment verbally, putting your complaint into writing is recommended. It can serve as important evidence if you end up filing a legal claim in court in the future.

If your boss or human resources representative is the one who is sexually harassing you, or if you feel like your employer is not taking your complaint seriously, you can speak to the California Department of Fair Employment or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. You can also discuss your situation with an employment lawyer to understand what steps you can take.

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