Sexual harassment is a workplace hazard that many people are too familiar. Whether you’ve experienced sexual harassment in the past or you’re just starting to face it, it’s important to know what you can do about it. Here, you can find some useful tips if you are dealing with sexual harassment at work.
Being Sexual Harassed at Work? A Guide on What To Do
The legal definition of sexual harassment and the everyday definition of sexual harassment may be quite different. If you’re not quite sure what sexual harassment is, here is an explanation:
Sexual harassment happens when a person is targeted because of their sex. This means that sexual harassment may include unwanted sexual comments, requests for sexual favours, inappropriate physical contact, gestures, or comments about your sex life, as well as sexual assaults and other types of sexual violence. It is worth noting that sexual harassment can happen to both men and women.
What is a stop sexual harassment order?
A stop sexual harassment order can be issued by law when a person is sexually harassed, and their life has been disrupted. In most cases, the order will state that the person responsible for the harassment must stop. Alternatively, the order may be issued to a person that is not responsible for the harassment but has been made aware of the situation and has refused to stop the person responsible.
In order to be eligible for a stop sexual harassment order, you must prove that the harassment you were experiencing was severe enough to disrupt your life. With this being said, it’s important to note that you are not required to prove that the harassment was severe enough to end your life or harm you physically or mentally. You just need to show that it sufficiently disrupted your life. For example, you may be eligible for a stop sexual harassment order if the harassment led you to miss work or school.
If you are considering getting a stop sexual harassment order, you should know that it is not possible to get a stop sexual harassment order without having an open court case. Therefore, you will have to decide whether you want to pursue a court case while getting a stop sexual harassment order or vice versa.
What can I expect after my application?
After you apply for a stop sexual harassment order, the court will contact the person who has harassed you and ask them to come in for a settlement conference. If they don’t show up, the court may issue an arrest warrant. If they do show up, they will explain what you need to do to make the situation stop.
When the person who has harassed you refuses to cooperate, you may have to return to court and have your case heard. During the court hearing, the judge will decide whether or not the harassment has disrupted your life and whether or not it needs to stop. If the judge determines that the harassment is bad enough, the judge will then issue a stop sexual harassment order.
As you can see, stop sexual harassment orders are a useful tool in stopping sexual harassment in the workplace. However, they are not easy to get. That’s why it’s important to have competent legal representation if this is something you want to pursue. This is why working with a skilled lawyer will go a long way.
If you are looking for an employment lawyer, contact Saines Legal. We have a team of lawyers experienced and knowledgeable in all areas of Employment Law. We focus on a tailored approach to our clients’ needs.