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5 signs you’re being sexually harassed

On Behalf of | Feb 6, 2023 | Sexual Harassment |

Every worker has a right to a safe work environment. However, unfortunately for many people, this isn’t the reality. As a result, many employees become unwarranted targets of sexual harassment. 

Sexual harassment can be subtle. In many cases, people don’t realize they’re being targeted until it’s too late. If you feel you have unwanted attention your way, then you may need to check to see if you’re being sexually harassed. Here’s what you should watch for:

Feeling safe in your work environment

The following are signs of sexual harassment:

  1. Unwanted comments: Sexual harassment can start anywhere. However, in many cases, it starts with a simple compliment or stray remark. A comment about someone’s clothing choices may not be a clear sign someone is targeting you, but a comment on your body figure may.
  2. Unwelcome touching: Most jobs don’t require employees to physically interact with each other. However, if you have one of these jobs, then inappropriate touching may be a sign of sexual harassment.
  3. Sexual conversations: There are very few jobs that require people to talk about sexual acts. A recurring conversation about sexual activities with someone at your job could be a sign.
  4. Repetitive requests: Some people are obvious about their intentions, which can be unsettling. Someone constantly asking you for a date, despite clearly opposing, can be considered sexual harassment.
  5. Sexual gestures: It isn’t just rude and disrespectful to make a sexual gesture but a clear sign of sexual harassment. A sexual gesture can make working uncomfortable, especially if you seem to be a constant target of them.

If you fear you’re being sexually harassed, then you should know your legal rights so that you can defend your position and your future. Experienced guidance can help you decide on your next move.

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