Sexual assault is an experience that no one wants to go through, and victims of assault will experience a great deal of emotional and physical pain. Sexual assault and harassment are a major concern in the workplace, and if an individual has experienced this type of unacceptable behavior, they should understand that they are not alone and take steps to address the situation.
What Constitutes Sexual Assault in the Workplace?
Sexual assault takes place when one person tries to engage in sexual activity without the consent of the other person. This type of assault can happen in the workplace at any time, and should always be taken seriously. If a person touches another coworker in a sexual manner, even over the clothes, this is considered sexual assault that should be reported.
Even if a worker’s actions do not constitute assault, people should not be made to feel uncomfortable or threatened in the workplace. Even seemingly harmless actions or comments can be considered sexual harassment, and if someone experiences or witnesses these types of illegal actions, they should confront the person committing the harassment or report them to management before the situation gets any worse.
What Steps Can Be Taken to End Sexual Harassment and Assault in the Workplace?
If a person’s behavior is inappropriate, the person affected can look the person committing the assault or harassment in the eye and tell him or her that their actions are not acceptable. In situations like these, it is perfectly okay to be blunt and specific, as the person affected needs to protect themselves and others from potential harm by the other person. However, if someone is not comfortable with confronting a person who has assaulted or harassed them, they should notify a manager about the behavior, and, if necessary, contact the police to report a crime.
If sexual touches, comments, or demands go unreported, then the person committing the assault or harassment may believe that it is okay to continue with their illegal behavior. Touching someone in a sexual manner is sexual assault, and it is a violation of the rights of the person affected by the assault. It is very important for victims of assault or harassment to document the incident and report the situation to upper management.
Call a Kane County Personal Injury Attorney
Sexual assault can lead to serious injury, and can cause long-term issues with mental and physical health. If you or a loved one has been injured from sexual assault in the workplace, you may need legal representation. At Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur P.C., our seasoned Aurora, IL personal injury lawyers provide effective and personalized legal assistance. For over 40 years, we have represented Kane County area clients in sexual assault matters, and we are ready to assist you with your case. For a free initial consultation, please call 630-907-0909 to discuss your case.