Workplace harassment is a serious issue that can have significant physical, emotional, and financial consequences. Unfortunately, many employees respond to harassment in the wrong way, which can further exacerbate the problem. This overview will discuss some of the wrong ways to respond to workplace harassment and why discussing the matter with an attorney may be the best option.
One of the worst things you can do in response to workplace harassment is to ignore the problem. Ignoring the harassment will not make it go away, and it may even make it worse. The harasser may see your silence as an invitation to continue their behavior, and other employees may assume that the harassment is not a big deal.
While it may be tempting to confront the harasser directly, this approach can be risky. Confronting the harasser may escalate the situation, and it could even result in physical violence. Moreover, if the harassment is part of a larger pattern of behavior, confronting the harasser directly may not be effective.
If the harassment becomes unbearable, some employees may choose to quit their job. However, quitting your job is not always the best option. It can be difficult to find another job, and quitting may not address the root cause of the harassment. It’s also worth noting that if you quit your job, you may not be eligible for unemployment benefits or other forms of compensation.
Discussing the matter with an attorney may be the best option for several reasons.
Experienced attorneys can provide legal guidance and help you understand your rights under state and federal law. They can help you determine if the harassment rises to the level of illegal conduct, and they can explain your options for pursuing legal action.
An attorney can advocate for you throughout the process, whether you decide to pursue legal action or not. They can communicate with your employer on your behalf, negotiate a settlement, or represent you in court.
If you have suffered damages as a result of the harassment, such as lost wages or medical expenses, an attorney can help you obtain compensation. They can help you calculate the value of your claim and negotiate a settlement with the other party or their insurance company.
If you report workplace harassment, you may be at risk of retaliation from your employer or the harasser. An attorney can help you take steps to protect yourself from retaliation, such as requesting a transfer to a different department or documenting any incidents of retaliation.
At Azadian Law Group, our Los Angeles workplace harassment attorney knows that being mistreated or disrespected at work is a stressful experience that can cause anyone to react poorly. However, to ensure an ideal outcome, it’s typically best to keep a cool head and work with a professional to address the problem. If you’re being harassed at work, learn more about what our firm can do for you by contacting us online or calling us at 213-229-9031.