Workplace sexual harassment: what you can do if you're a victim
After several allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace have been making headlines across the country, many people have started a conversation about workplace sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment by definition is an unwanted sexual advance, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Sexual harassment includes things like: actual or attempted rape or sexual assault, pressure for sexual favors or dates, touching, unwanted emails or calls of a sexual nature, unwanted sexual teasing or jokes.
According to an EEOC survey, about 60 percent of people say they've experienced some form of sexual harassment at the workplace. Of those people, the EEOC says three of four have never said anything to their supervisor, manager, or union representative about the harassment.
It's encouraged for someone experiencing harassment at the workplace to share what is happening with their employer. Lawyers say it's a good idea to keep a detailed record of harassment.
After going through the proper channels within the workplace, and if the harassment continues, someone can file a formal complaint.
There are three channels for filing formal complaints: a state human or civil rights commission, a private attorney, or with the federal government at the EEOC.
The West Virginia Human Rights Commission investigates discrimination cases free of charge. The office can be reached at 304-558-2616. The Ohio Civil Rights Commission's office can be reached at 614-466-2785. The number for the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights' office is 502-595-4024.
To reach the EEOC you can call 1-800-669-4000. You can also file complaints online at https://www.eeoc.gov/.