Sexual harassment can be difficult to define, especially considering that many people interpret workplace behavior differently. What you find offensive may not seem offensive to some of your coworkers. However, if you believe you have been the victim of sexual harassment, you should speak with a lawyer to learn about your rights. In the meantime, here are some tips for coping with the emotional and psychological trauma of being the victim of sexual harassment.
Emotional Recovery Victims of sexual harassment may feel that they share some of the blame or that they will be stigmatized if they talk to people about what happened. However, speaking with others is one part of recovering from your experiences. You may want to join a support group, speak with a trusted friend, or talk to a counselor.
Rebuild Your Self-Esteem You may have distanced yourself from friends and family after the harassment. Rebuilding your support network will help with your self-esteem and recovery. It may be helpful to form new relationships with supportive friends as well. The one thing you don’t want to do is continually shut out the world. Meeting new people and having new experiences are both crucial to rebuilding your self-esteem and regaining control of your life.
Continue Your Career Federal law prohibits employers from discriminating against employees who complain of or bring a claim of sexual harassment. If you change jobs, your new employer is also not allowed to discriminate against you because of your prior complaint. Just as you may need professional help recovering emotionally, a career counselor may be useful in rebuilding and continuing your career.
If you believe you have been the victim of sexual harassment, know that you are not alone. At the Advocacy Center for Employment Law, we are on your side. Our San Jose firm was founded in 1994 and focuses on employment law and civil rights claims. Call (888) 703-2911 to schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced sexual harassment lawyer.