The social impact of reporting sexual harassment

Individuals who work in Tennessee may experience sexual harassment or see it happen to someone else. In some cases, they may choose to report what they experienced or saw to their employers. However, this could have an impact on their careers, and it is why some victims don't immediately report instances of sexual harassment to their superiors or others. For instance, reporting sexual harassment to an employer could hinder a woman's ability to receive a promotion.

There may also be questions raised about a person who chooses to report sexual harassment at work. For instance, others may perceive that individual to be overly sensitive or trying to use the system for his or her own gain. It is also possible that a victim may be questioned as to why it took so long to report the harassment or why a victim chose a particular time to report a prior incident.

Colleagues who see a person being sexually harassed are encouraged to report what they see to their employers. This is because an individual is less likely to experience negative career consequences when someone else reports harassment on that person's behalf. Companies can help victims by changing the cultures within their organizations related to sexual harassment and how it is perceived.

Those who are sexually harassed may be subject to a hostile working environment. If this is the case, an employer may be required to provide compensation to a victim in the form of back pay or punitive damages. Victims may choose to resolve a sexual harassment case through private talks with an employer or by filing a charge with the EEOC. An attorney may be able to help a victim learn more about his or her rights in a given matter.

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