Addressing workplace harassment in the time of remote working

On Behalf of | Jun 30, 2020 | Harassment |

Today, the workplace is an ever changing environment. While more and more employees across the nation have adapted to remote working, others remain in the office. Nonetheless, no matter where an employee is currently carrying out their work objectives, the reality is that workplace harassment can still occur even in the confines of one’s home. Thus, it is important that employees understand what they can do to address matters of workplace bullying and harassment.

Workplace harassment is not just an issue in big and small businesses. It exists in all workplaces and environments, and is not just verbal or physical. While harassment could occur through verbal exchanges or in the form of physical sexual harassment, it could also be psychological through written media. While some forms are obvious, other types of harassment may not be so apparent. Thus, it is important that employees understand the wide range of forms workplace harassment can take so employees can properly address it.

A situation may make you feel uncomfortable, and over time, when this situation occurs frequently, this could cause an employee to question the matter. Thus, understanding the circumstances under which harassment could occur could give an employee confidence to report the situation they are currently dealing with.

First, a harasser could come in various forms. It could be the employee’s supervisor, a supervisor in a different department, an agent of the employer, a co-worker or even a non-employee that enters the work environment. To suffer from workplace harassment, one does not need to be the person harassed. It is possible to be a victim of workplace harassment by observing offensive conduct directed towards someone else. Finally, a victim of workplace harassment does not need to suffer economic harm or termination in order to be a victim of workplace harassment.

Harassment can come in various forms. This involves Verbal harassment, psychological harassment, cyberbullying, physical harassment and sexual harassment.  While some forms are considered more serious than others, the reality is that they all constitute workplace harassment and afford an employee an opportunity to report this conduct.

Whether you are working from home, the office or anywhere in-between, if an employee believes that they are victim of workplace harassment, they have the right to report it. Such an action not only penalizes the harasser but could also help with the recovery of compensation to address the harms suffered in the matter.