- “There are more ways to creep on someone at work than ever before — and perhaps, more confusion about what’s off-limits.” What Sexual Harassment at Work Really Looks Like is a good primer by Michell Ruiz at Cosmo.
- “Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.” Facts About Sexual Harassment via the US EEOC.
- Unwanted touching may actually be sexual assault: that’s a felony. Though grounded in military law, Sexual Harassment or Sexual Assault? Do you Know the Difference? is a good run-down on the boundaries between assault and harassment.
- Sexual Harassment, Workplace Authority, and the Paradox of Power by Heather McLaughlin, Christopher Uggen, Amy Blackstone in the American Sociological Review. This well-written academic research paper describes an ongoing longitudinal study that’s worth watching.
- If you’re being harassed at work, or witnessing harassment: take notes. “Be sure to save any offensive letters, photographs, cards, or notes you receive. If you were made to feel uncomfortable because of jokes, pin-ups, or cartoons posted at work, confiscate them — or at least make copies.” Fighting Sexual Harassment at Nolo is solid, yet it’s content marketing. I’d never recommend that one of my mentees find an attorney online; ask the experienced people in your network for a referral.
- If a friend tells you that they’re being harassed, you can help them by listening. You don’t have to know what to do: bearing witness is huge. Helping a friend to organize documentation, priceless.
- If you see someone being harassed at work, can you help by walking up and starting a conversation? This Esquire article has some ideas on how to be an ally. NB: women aren’t the only targets of harassment. Bear witness.
- “There’s no one right way to do any of this. In your own time, on your own terms, is a notion I cling to, when it comes to talking about experiences of powerlessness.” If you’ve been harassed, you were not in control of what happened to you. You do not need to speak out or speak up; you are not required to report it. You can take control of how you will respond. If your own safety and security are compromised, take care of yourself. You may decide that your best solution is to move on: an exit plan may be useful, if it’s possible. (Do tell someone.)
- Sexual harassment is bad for business. The Cost of Sexual Harassment, a brief blog post by researchers Heather McLaughlin, Christopher Uggen, and Amy Blackstone.
- “...the managers fired him after telling him that they viewed his complaints as ‘devoid of merit’ and that alerting his supervisors was outside his ‘appropriate duties.’…” Stepping up may cost you something. OTOH, there are some organizations you may not want on your resume.
- If you’re a leader, be a resource for your team members and colleagues. “If your dream only includes you, it’s too small.” Ava DuVernay
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