There is no such thing as the perfect job. Very few individuals are happy 100% of the time they are at work. Nonetheless, there is a big difference between routine workplace stresses and harassment.
Harassment at work is unlawful and the consequences of such behavior can be devastating. In an ideal world, harassment would not happen, and if it did, it would be easy to report and challenge. In reality, it’s just not that easy. Harassment in the workplace does occur and there are numerous barriers to reporting it.
Outlined below are some important factors to keep in mind.
Fear of retaliation
While retaliation for reporting harassment at work is unlawful, it can still happen. A victim of harassment may be told to “keep their mouth shut” or risk losing their job. This is especially the case when the employee is being harassed by a superior. Such a scenario can leave a harassed worker feeling like they have nowhere to turn.
Fear of not being believed
Sadly, harassment is not always witnessed by multiple people. In these circumstances, it may come down to one person’s word against another’s. While you would hope to be believed when reporting such serious misconduct, this isn’t guaranteed. Without proof, it can be difficult to take the step of reporting harassment for fear of not being believed.
Nobody should have to face harassment at work. If this has happened to you, then help is available. Seeking some legal guidance can help you to gather the appropriate evidence, obtain justice and prevent this behavior from happening again.