Sexual harassment is no joking matter. It can take place in all types of work environments, including federal jobs. It takes courage and determination to file a sexual harassment claim; unfortunately, once you have taken this step, things do not magically disappear. Despite disciplinary action or investigation, you are still affected by the other person’s misconduct even after it stops. You need to protect yourself by speaking with a federal employment attorney from our team at John P. Mahoney, Esq., Attorney at Law.
Returning to Work as a Survivor
Typically, there is a lingering effect of dis-ease and a feeling of hostility in the workplace after you have been the victim of sexual harassment. If this is the case, you deserve to take care of your mental health and well-being.
There are steps you can take to handle the aftermath, these include:
- Taking time off as needed
- Seeking therapy from a mental health professional
- Protecting your space by asking friends to stay close by or to be available
- Asking for resources for counseling or to have an ally in a higher-up position
As an employer, you can help victims of sexual harassment return to work feeling safe by doing the following:
- Accepting and confronting damage to the work environment, including damaged trust between co-workers, possible triggers of past experiences of other employees, a gap in the team, etc.
- Embracing survivors by giving them time to work through their emotions, giving them an ear to listen, and making other employees aware of the potential triggers, stumbles, etc.
- Providing resources such as counseling, training, or consultants on safe work environments
Washington, DC Federal Employment Attorney
If you are filing, or have filed, a federal sexual harassment claim with the EEOC, you deserve to have professional, knowledgeable representation on your side. You should not have to worry about the backlash of speaking up or the stress of returning to a hostile work environment. Our team of D.C. federal employment lawyers can stand by your side during your case and provide guidance to navigate the court process.
If you have been the victim of sexual harassment in your federal employment position, contact our attorneys today at (877) 771-2231.