How to deal with inappropriate sexual advances from your boss

On Behalf of | Jun 7, 2024 | Harassment At Work

Facing inappropriate sexual advances from a superior can be incredibly distressing. It’s important to understand your rights and the steps you can take to address this serious issue in Florida.

Documenting the behavior

Start by documenting every incident meticulously. Record dates, times, locations, and descriptions of the behavior, including any witnesses. This documentation will prove crucial if you decide to report the behavior or pursue legal action.

Reviewing company policy

Most companies have specific policies and procedures for handling sexual harassment. Review your employee handbook or company policy manual to understand the steps your employer expects you to take. Knowing these procedures can guide your actions and ensure you follow the correct protocols.

Reporting the behavior

Once you’ve documented the behavior and reviewed company policies, consider reporting the harassment. Here are some steps to follow:

  • Report to your immediate supervisor, unless they are the harasser.
  • If your supervisor is involved, report directly to HR or another designated company official.
  • Follow the formal complaint process outlined in your company policy.

Seeking support

Experiencing sexual harassment can be emotionally taxing. Seek support from trusted colleagues, friends, or family members. Additionally, professional counseling services can provide emotional support and guidance during this challenging time.

Exploring legal options

Internal reporting may not resolve the issue, or you may face retaliation. In these cases, consider legal action. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) handles complaints of workplace harassment. File a complaint with the EEOC or consult with an employment attorney to explore your options.

Navigating a challenging situation

Dealing with inappropriate sexual advances from a boss requires careful action. Remember, the law supports you, and resources exist to help you through this process.