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Can you get fired for reporting sexual harassment?

On Behalf of | Apr 25, 2022 | Retaliation

If you are facing sexual harassment at your workplace, you might be hesitant to report it due to the fear of losing your job. As a result, you might end up putting up with a hostile work environment which might affect your physical and mental well-being in the long run.

What many employees are unaware of is that there are laws in place that protect them from harassment at the workplace and any adverse actions by employers for reporting such incidents. Here is what you need to know:

Dealing with workplace sexual harassment

Quitting your job may not be a viable solution, given that life may get hard on the unemployment line. Therefore, to stop the harassment, it is advisable to follow due process by going through the existing channels in your organization. Raise your concerns with the human resource department or your supervisor and ask for the bad behavior to stop. Your employer has a legal responsibility to investigate and take prompt action if any of their employees are undergoing sexual harassment at the workplace.

Should the harassment persist, it may be time to take further action, such as raising the matter with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing or the Equal Employment and Opportunities Commission (EEOC).

Being fired for reporting sexual harassment is a form of retaliation

If your employer dismisses you or takes other adverse actions against you, like giving you a demotion or a reduction in your other benefits, that is considered a form of retaliation and is unlawful. It means that your termination may be illegal, and you can hold them accountable.

It is necessary to stay ahead of the situation and be prepared to safeguard your legal rights should you lose your job for reporting sexual harassment.