You can always decide later if you want to do something about it.
Any comments, inappropriate emails, or other correspondence that may qualify as harassment should be recorded and stored somewhere (but not on the company’s Google Drive, of course). Perhaps a comment was not intended, but if it happens again it can be used to build a case.
If something verbal happens at a meeting or someone touches you inappropriately, write you an email (from your private account) as soon as possible and describe the incident in as much detail as possible. This also includes the time, date and location of the incident.
Take pictures, note the time and date, save e-mails and keep a folder with all the details that make you uncomfortable.
As soon as you have enough evidence, you can make a report. Of course, this can be a little inconvenient, but reporting harassment in the office is one of the best ways to stop it.
Send your evidence to HR and hopefully they will have a guideline on how to proceed in such a case. If there is no HR department in your company, you should set up an appropriate email and send it to management or your supervisor. Of course, this only applies if he doesn’t bother you.
Setting up the first email in such a context can be daunting. For this reason we provide you with a template.
Thank you for taking care of this. If you need further information, please feel free to contact me at any time.
Your workplace should have guidelines on how to deal with such situations and what steps to take.
If you believe that your complaint has not been dealt with appropriately, you can always seek legal advice. A legal professional should be able to help you with the next steps.
We would also like to point out that for many women reporting the incident internally is not an option because many women are freelancers or self-employed. In situations like this, you have to take matters into your own hands.
If you are self-employed and there is an inappropriate encounter, then there is actually no supervisor to whom you can report the situation. That’s why you have to take the magazine into your own hands.
That’s exactly what happened to Ariel *. She is a musician and has received sexually tainted messages from a colleague. After commenting that he liked the way she moved while making music, Ariel replied, “Don’t be an idiot,” to which the harasser wrote, “Oh, I like the way you run.”Ariel has chosen not to publicly expose him.