Victims and witnesses of sexual harassment often feel robbed of their sense of safety and peace of mind. After all, when someone is sexually harassed in an overt and physical manner, an actual assault and battery may have occurred. Sexually harassing others is a coward’s game, arguably born of narcissism or self-hatred – coupled with a desperate grab for perverse power.
However, many eyewitnesses aren’t sure what they should do. Some of them worry that if they simply turn away and pretend they didn’t see anything, they may be enabling the abuser. Yet how can safety be restored when no one will report these offensive acts? Fears of retaliation and other related issues are discussed further below.
Few people ever “win” in these situations — even employers often feel trapped since they have a duty to maintain safe work premises.
What Do Co-Workers Fear Most When They Witness Sexual Harassment?
Several studies and surveys have revealed that victims of sexual harassment – and those who witness it – often fear the same repercussions. Their most common concerns are set forth below.
Besides speaking to a lawyer, here are some other steps you believe you should consider taking.
Our firm is always available to discuss any workplace problems affecting you. These can include sexual harassment, unfair pay issues, denied promotions, various forms of discrimination, wrongful termination — or any other matter that’s unfairly denying you the right to achieve your full potential.
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