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The 3 Signs That You’re Being Sexually Harassed At Work

Sometimes when you are facing sexual harassment at work, you don’t need to look for signs. It can be obvious what is happening. However, some abusers are too cunning for that and will employ tactics that give them plausible deniability. Understanding what sexual harassment means is crucial for everyone.

This term refers to unwelcome behaviors of a sexual nature that make someone feel uncomfortable or unsafe. It's important to know that sexual harassment can happen to anyone, anywhere. Knowing what to look out for, and what to do if you find yourself or someone you know in this situation, is essential. In this article, we will go over what to look for so you can take action as you do have rights.


1 - Unwelcome sexual advances

If someone is making unwanted moves towards you, like touching you without your permission or asking you out many times even though you said no, that's not okay. These actions are wrong and can make you feel unsafe or uncomfortable at work. However, there are also more subtle advances.

These other advances might include someone brushing up against you intentionally or giving unwelcome hugs or touches. Another example is when someone repeatedly asks you out on dates, even after you've said no. These actions are not just uncomfortable but also inappropriate and can be a form of harassment.

If this happens to you, there are steps you can take. Writing down what happened, including when and where it happened, and if anyone else saw it, can help a lot. Talking to a lawyer who knows about work problems can give you advice on what to do next. For more information on getting help from a lawyer, you can check out HKM.com.

2 - Sexual comments or jokes

Sometimes, people might make comments or jokes that are about sex or are meant to be funny in a sexual way. Even if these seem like they're not a big deal, they can still be a type of sexual harassment.

This is because these comments can make someone feel uncomfortable or upset. It's important to remember that even if the person was joking, if you feel uncomfortable then this is still sexual harassment.

It's not okay for anyone to make you feel this way because of sexual jokes or comments. If this happens, it's a good idea to talk to someone you trust about what to do next. You have the right to feel safe and respected when you’re at work.

3 - Inappropriate communications

Another sign of sexual harassment is when someone sends you messages, emails, or notes that are not appropriate. These can include words or pictures that make you feel uncomfortable because they are about sex or are trying to be sexual in a way you did not ask for.

Getting these kinds of messages can make you feel upset or unsafe. It's important to know that you do not have to deal with this alone. If you get messages like this, keeping them can help if you decide to tell a manager or the HR department.