What can I do about harassment or abuse at work?

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Last Updated: 02/19/2018 at 7:12pm
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Bexicle
November 18th, 2014 3:23pm
HR departments usually have guidelines and documents which detail policies and procedures for this type of situation. If you feel comfortable, you could ask your line manager for the information, if not you could contact human resources directly. Talk to someone you trust in the meantime so that you do not feel like you are facing this alone. I wish you well,
Leeshie
October 19th, 2014 11:40pm
Most importantly, you should first make sure the other person knows that you are not comfortable with the attention they are giving you. If they do not back off or leave you alone, you should then reach out to whoever is responsible for maintaining a safe work environment for added support.
Anonymous
October 29th, 2014 8:51pm
If it's from a fellow peer, tell your boss ASAP. If it's from your boss, then report him to a higher authority.
Anonymous
October 31st, 2014 10:28am
Tell someone, it is never a great thing to get abused, it can effect your own work. Tell someone you know will get down to the point and get it solved.
Wes2
November 4th, 2014 8:55am
Confront it head on. We live in the 21st century, and work conditions like that are inexcusable. Co-worker or boss, sit them down in private and have the designated HR person mediate (if possible). Say what behavior is offending and hurting you, and explain that it is disrespectful, unacceptable, and makes you feel unsafe in your workplace. If the behavior doesn't cease after that, it's time to find a new job.
PeaceTrain
November 10th, 2014 12:14pm
Workplace harassment isn't something you need to tolerate, in the current world. Almost all countries of the world have put strict laws to discourage workplace harassment and abuse, where the perpetrators even get jail sentences and the victims get compensation. So don't tolerate it at all.
Pandette
November 17th, 2014 8:30am
Harassment and abuse is definitely a huge problem, especially in the workplace. It is against the law and you can take many actions. How about speaking to a person in the HR department? You can even try and speak to the person who is abusing or harassing you at work and asking them to stop. If they don't, you can always report it to management as well. You can always do something!
Annalia
November 18th, 2014 6:22pm
I would go to your boss, or HR would likely be helpful in the process of working through getting you out of this situation.
thisismejessica
December 24th, 2014 4:20am
Stand up against it! That's the only way! It can be done through many different routes, though. If you're brave enough, you can confront the person, OR you can team up with other coworkers and stand up against it! If it still does not work, I would just go and report it to my boss / manager / director. You might think this can be too harsh, but protecting your self is much more important. And you might protect other people too from experiencing the same harassment / abuse.
Uniqueg
December 29th, 2014 5:29am
Report it to HR, if you don't feel comfortable verbally reporting it you can always write a letter or an email, or talk to someone who you feel comfortable with about the situation
Anonymous
January 8th, 2015 11:32am
You have the right to be free from abuse and harassment at work. For more information about filing a complaint and details about your rights and protections under federal law, check out the equal opportunity employment commission website: http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/harassment.cfm
Anonymous
May 15th, 2015 12:49pm
Report it via the established procedure of your company. If they do not have an established procedure, go see your local (in USA it's county) for guidance via established labor laws. If this gets you nowhere, be prepared to quit No one deserves to be harrassed.
ivysoul
May 22nd, 2015 2:47pm
First of all, get help. You're not alone. Second, if it gets dangerous, call 911 immediately. It's not your fault.
LatteJoy
June 4th, 2015 12:11pm
Face up to the person who is harassing you. Say it once and say it bold and out loud that you don't wish to be the recipient of the abuse. I know it's hard to stand up to it, but it's the only way of letting the attacker know that they can't get through you. If it continues, talk to the management about it. I'm sure they'll take your complaint seriously. I hope it turns out well for you. :)
compassionateturtle101
June 5th, 2015 8:26am
The best way to stop harassment at work is to talk about it. You have to be strong and confront the person harassing you and report them.
Greatlistener87
May 16th, 2016 6:05am
Please report the abuse to the higher authority that can assist u. Make sure that the person is corrected for what he or she has done and that the person faces the punishment that he/she deserves.
HereToHelpYou742
August 16th, 2016 10:57pm
Report it to human resources and they should take care of it
Anonymous
July 3rd, 2017 6:00am
Recognize that is it unacceptable to be disrespected in the work environment. Understand that you are there to do a job, and anyone who stands in the way of your pay should be move over. The best thing to do is to tell a supervisor, or boss, and file a report.
Banner85
February 19th, 2018 7:12pm
Speak with your supervisor, if that does not work go higher up the chain. No one deserves to be harassed. Even if it is someone above you, remember it is never ok.