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What are the Best Tips for Dealing with Workplace Harassment?

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Workplace harassment can take many forms. Bullying and sexual harassment are two of the most common kinds of harassment in the workplace, but even something as simple as one person always taking credit for another person's work or ideas can be a form of harassment. One of the best tips for dealing with workplace harassment is to confront the problem head on.

Often, someone who is harassing others in the workplace is doing it because he or she thinks he can get away with it. When confronted in a calm yet assertive manner, there is a chance that the harassment will stop. It is important, when confronting someone, to be able to provide examples of specific instances when the harassment took place, as well as the personal impact it had. It will generally not work without specific examples, because the person who is doing the harassing may not recognize that there is a problem.

Another tip for dealing with workplace harassment is to simply not respond. A person may constantly make jokes at someone else's expense because he or she likes to see them squirm, or because he enjoys making other people laugh. If other people do not acknowledge the joking or bullying, the person may get discouraged and stop. Refusing to engage with someone also helps to prevent situations from escalating. In addition, be sure managers are always clear on who is doing the work.

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Of course, not all instances of workplace harassment can be dealt with one-on-one. If the harassment continues, begin to make notes of each instance, and bring these notes to a superior or someone in the human resources department. Some companies also offer anonymous phone numbers that employees can call to report instances of sexual harassment without fear of repercussions. Once a manager is made aware of the situation, he or she should meet with the employee to give a verbal warning and discuss the areas in which changes need to be made. If the harassment does not stop, disciplinary action should take place, followed by employment termination, though this may not always be possible.

If all avenues of dealing with the harassment have been explored, unfortunately the only way to deal with it may be to transfer to another department, or look for another job altogether. Constant harassment and distress can be detrimental to one's mental and physical health. In addition, if at any time one feels physically threatened due to workplace harassment, it is perfectly acceptable to call authorities. One's safety and health should never be put at risk due to workplace harassment.

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ballet2385
Post 4

For Annon 356794: Here is what you do.

1) Call the police- this is a form of assault and battery. Have them charged and arrested.

2) Immediately report to work and file a workers compensation claim ( you must put them on notice within 30 days).

3) Don't let them choose your doctor on the panel - you have the right to choose your comp doctor from the panel.

4) Call an attorney- Trust me this is not going to stop.

I suffered it for two years and ended up having the heck beat out of me.

5) You will need an employment lawyer specializing in harassment and you will need a worker's compensation attorney for workplace injury You may also have

a third party negligence claim against the screaming crazy co- worker.

If it's a superior you can get them for neglectful supervision.

6) You have to file an EEOC claim within 180 days if the last offense to protect your Title VII rights and secure any rights to sue in federal court. Get on it and good luck!

Keep me posted.

For attorney referrals, ask family and friends first.

Talk to at least three different before making the final selection.

Keep a log of the abuse with dates, times, and witness information.

ballet2385
Post 3

You can get legal costs, counseling, and pain and suffering from a sexual harassment lawsuit if you win your case.

Counseling falls under a mental injury/ medical/ personal injury.

Pain and Suffering are your punitive damages.

Legal fees: Are awarded to a winning party in a lawsuit and are court ordered to be paid by the offending party ( loosing party to the lawsuit).

I hope this helps you. I assume that you have an employment attorney; don't go at it alone. These are very complex cases.

Besides Title VII, which sexual harassment and sex discrimination fall under their are other statues and federal employment laws.

I am currently going through three violations of the EEOC title VII provisions. I also

have a racial harassment issue.

I feel your pain and know I care and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Furthermore, I hope this information is a blessing.

My experience is in legal liability in a supportive role. I am not a licensed attorney.

Please consult the EEOC website and Dept. of Justice. For legal referrals you may contact you state's bar association or county bar associations.

Some states such as Georgia do not have bullying legislation on the books. Please help victims by contacting you local state senator and demanding anti- bully legislation be adopted. Together we can make changes!

anon356794
Post 2

A co-worker has surprised me from behind, yelling at me and harassing me at work, to the point that my blood pressure went extremely high and I had to go to the ER. What do I do?

info2013
Post 1

Can I get money for legal costs, counseling, pain and suffering from a sexual harassment lawsuit if I win my case?

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