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Handling Harassment in the Workplace: A Go-To Guide

Posted by Athena M. Herman | Jan 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

If you are the victim of harassment at your place of employment, then you know how stressful it can be to face going to work every day. Harassment is never something you should have to accept as an annoying part of work. If you have been harassed on the job in Illinois, it's time to take action, and the attorneys at Benassi & Benassi can help you do just that.

Steps to Take After Harassment

If are facing harassment at work, then there are several things that you should do in order to protect your rights. These include:

  • Talking to the person who is harassing you: although confronting the person who harassed you may be the last thing that you want to do, it is important to talk to the offending party following harassment. Establishing that the harassing behavior is unwanted is critical if you end up having to file a harassment lawsuit, and talking to the person whose behavior is unacceptable can help to establish this fact.
  • Keep a record of harassment: when filing a harassment lawsuit, the evidence is key to a successful outcome. If you are being harassed at work, keep a log of the time, place, and type of harassment you have faced. In addition, be sure to keep records of all incriminating communications, such as emails and text messages.
  • Report the incident: one of the biggest mistakes that you can make when facing harassment is keeping quiet and not reporting the offending party's actions. Waiting too long to report harassment can have a multitude of negative effects. Firstly, harassment may continue or escalate. Secondly, you may lose evidence which proves harassment. Lastly, those whom you are reporting the harassment to at your workplace may question why you waited so long to report such conduct. If you are facing workplace harassment, don't wait--tell your employer immediately.
  • Keep calm: although you may be hurt or angered by your harassment, it's important to keep calm when you face harassment in the workplace. Don't say anything that you may regret later--this could hurt your chances of a successful claim.

Is My Harassment Incident Worthy of a Lawsuit?

There is no hard and fast rule as to what constitutes a winning workplace harassment lawsuit. When in doubt, however, contact an attorney who has experience in fighting harassment cases. Your attorney will be able to determine whether you have a strong chance of winning your harassment claim.

Don't Wait Any Longer: Contact Us Today

If you are the victim of harassment at work, don't wait any longer to seek the justice you deserve. The attorneys at Benassi & Benassi's Peoria, Illinois office have years of experience in handling harassment cases and helping restore clients' lives. You don't have to face harassment alone--fill out an online case evaluation form or call (309) 276-0601 today.

About the Author

Athena M. Herman

Athena M. Herman practices in the areas of employment discrimination law, general employment law, and civil rights law...


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Workers’ Compensation
Motor Vehicle Accident
Family Law/Dissolution
Personal Injury/Nursing Home Negligence/Medical Malpractice
Sexual Harassment and Hostile Work Environment

Practice Areas

Employment Discrimination
Retaliation claims and Whistleblower in the Workplace
Class Action Lawsuit and Multi-Plaintiff Cases
Civil Rights Litigation
Employment Law