Experiencing Workplace Harassment?

66.6% of victims were not aware of the workplace policies regarding sexual harassment

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If you are experiencing workplace harassment, we are sorry!

We know this has happened without your consent, and it is YOU who has to deal with the consequences.  We are not here to tell you what to do. Only you know what you are comfortable with. 

We have created a “NAVIGATING WORKPLACE HARASSMENT USER GUIDE” with this website. We want to arm you with relevant information, an overview of all options available, and possible strategies and tactics you can use,  to resolve discrimination and harassment, to your satisfaction, and with as little cost to you, as possible.

Understand this is a process. You will likely change your mind multiple times. None of this is easy. 

There is a lot of information to process. Take your time. Check in with how you feel. Skip any section that doesn’t work for you. For example if you can’t go to your boss, jump ahead to the HR section.

We want to help you determine the best course of action,  wherever you are in the process.

Are you experiencing workplace harassment? Do these four things first:

1. Document the Details

It is imperative you document all details, when you experience harassment or discrimination at work. You can use The Wolf and The Bee Documentation Templates to capture all relevant information.  If this isn’t the first time you’ve been the target of harassment, document each incident as best as you can remember. Be honest. Include your feelings. Do not exaggerate. 

2. Check Your Employee Manual

Your Employee Manual should have a policy on discrimination and harassment. Read all sections regarding the policy and reporting process. Make a note of any part of the process you feel uncomfortable with.

If you work for a company without an HR department, or without an employee manual, explore your options in the sections below, before determining your course of action.

3. Determine the Type of Harassment

Workplace discrimination comes in many forms. It can be subtle,  or obvious.  Check out the Definitions of Discrimination & The Harassment Meter to determine the type and level of discrimination and harassment you are experiencing. From here you can see all your options before proceeding with next steps. 

4. Create A Calendar Of Important Dates

However you decide to proceed, it is important to know you only have a limited time to explore legal options, if it comes to that. You must file a complaint with The EEOC, or your state agency, in order to pursue any legal options.  Knowing these filing deadlines may become important if a resolution to your complaint isn’t resolved to your satisfaction. Document these deadlines in your calendar.  See a list of  important dates to track HERE.

Investigate Your Options

You have many options to try to resolve harassment quickly.  Each option comes with their own set of possible benefits and risks. Here are possible options for resolution. You can:

  • Address harassment directly
  • Escalate to your boss 
  • Report to Human Resources
  • Consult with an attorney
  • File a complaint with the EEOC 
  • Leave your job with or without a settlement

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