Sexual harassment is a very serious problem that comes in many forms. It can be anything from inappropriate touching to all-out blackmail. Some even say their employers made ultimatums about sexual contact and continuing employment. All of these situations are both disturbing and illegal.
Fortunately, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission can help.
Speak to the offender
The first thing you do is speak to the person harassing you. Make it very clear that you want their behavior to stop immediately.
Speak with your co-workers
Ensure your co-workers know about the behavior so they can document it and watch out for themselves.
Make sure you document each incident. This is extremely helpful if there is an investigation.
Follow company policy
Speak to your human resource department. They can help you with the exact procedure for reporting and stopping sexual harassment. Some companies take a harder approach than others, and following company procedures can help if there is an investigation.
File a formal complaint
If none of the other steps remedy the situation, it is time to file a formal complaint with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. The company can not retaliate against you for filing a complaint, but you may want to speak with an attorney during this process.
Mediation and investigation
A mediator can help to rectify the sexual harassment. You can refuse mediation if you do not think it will help. If mediation fails or you decide against it, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission will begin an investigation. They will interview witnesses and gather evidence.
In the case of sexual harassment, it is always best to know your rights and follow through with your complaint. If you do not, the harassment will continue.