Being a witness to sexual harassment can give you an important role of supporting the victim who was targeted by the harassment. Here are some tips you can follow if you see people in real life going through this type of situation:
Preventing an individual from experiencing sexual harassment is a big responsibility. An engaged bystander is someone who intervenes either before, during, or after the incident once they noticed or heard unsettling behaviors relating to threats, harassment, or sexual violence.
These types of situations commonly occur in public spaces, schools, workplaces, and even online. This type of behavior should never be allowed, which is why it is important for witnesses to act when they notice another individual has fallen victim to sexual harassment.
Additional reasons that emphasize the importance of bystanders to intervene include:
Witnesses have the right to report sexual harassment. However, it is essential to get consent from the victim, because her or she may have valid reasons regarding why they are hesitant about reporting the harassment.
One reason could be fear of retaliation. Nonetheless, you can still support an aggrieved individual by helping them navigate the process by serving as a witness if they choose to report the incident. Witnesses are protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts from workplace retaliation.
For example, if a sexual harassment incident is reported, the employer has no right to respond with retaliatory action against the employees who reported the incident. Examples of retaliatory actions include denial of promotions or transferring the parties into less desirable positions.
Below are more examples on how you can create a workplace culture to prevent sexual harassment:
If you have made up your mind to take action, it is important to work with an attorney that specializes in cases like yours. The sexual harassment lawyers at West Coast Employment Lawyers have extensive experience handling sexual harassment cases. We will work tirelessly to gather the facts, find and interview eyewitnesses, hire experts, and fight for your rights.
We work on a contingency basis, which means we only get attorney’s fees if we are able to recover for you. Our legal team is available 24/7 and will take care of your case from start to finish. For a free no-obligation consultation with a sexual harassment attorney in California, contact our office at (213) 927-3700
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