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Harassment at work. How to defend your rights?

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Unfortunately, workplace harassment is still a common problem that can have a significant negative impact on a person's life and health. Its manifestations can be different, from verbal insults and humiliations to unwanted physical touches and sexual harassment.

What is harassment?

Workplace harassment is behavior that is designed to create a hostile or offensive work environment for another person. This behavior may include:

  • Verbal insults and humiliation: name-calling, mockery, threats, offensive comments about appearance, personal life, religious or political beliefs.
  • Unwanted physical contact: touching, hugging, kissing, scaring, blocking the exit.
  • Sexual Harassment: Verbal or physical acts of a sexual nature that are unwanted by another person, such as comments about sex life, harassment, attempts to coerce a sexual relationship.
  • Discrimination: Creating a hostile work environment based on race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

How to recognize harassment?

Harassment is not always easy to recognize, because it can be very hidden. Here are some signs to look out for:

  1. You feel uncomfortable, confused or scared at work.
  2. You avoid certain people or places at work.
  3. You feel that your job or career is in jeopardy.
  4. You have lost motivation or productivity at work.
  5. You feel emotionally or physically exhausted.

What to do if you are a victim of harassment?

Consult a lawyer

If you are a victim of workplace harassment, it is important not to remain silent and take steps to protect your rights. Here are the steps you can take:

  1. Collect evidence: write down the dates, times, places and descriptions of the events that occurred. Save any emails, texts, or other communications that confirm the harassment.
  2. Contact your supervisor: Report the harassment to your direct supervisor or another representative of your company.
  3. File a complaint: If your manager hasn't taken steps to resolve the problem, you can file a complaint with HR or another appropriate authority within your company.
  4. Consult a lawyer: If you cannot solve the problem yourself, you can consult a lawyer who specializes in employment law.

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Our legal experts will do everything they can to protect you in the event of workplace harassment. We will help:

  1. Understand your rights and the options available to you. We'll explain the law on workplace harassment in detail and help you determine what steps you can take to protect your rights.
  2. Gather evidence and document incidents of harassment. We will help you gather all the evidence you need, such as recordings of conversations, emails, text messages, photos and videos.
  3. Write a complaint and negotiate with your company. We will help you write a competent and clear complaint, which will have the maximum impact on your management.
  4. Represent you in court if necessary. If your company does not take steps to address the harassment, we will represent you in court and defend your interests.

Our lawyers have successfully solved many similar cases and know how to achieve the best result for our clients. We understand that every situation is unique, which is why we carefully study each case and develop a protection strategy that best suits your needs.

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