Actions may speak louder than words, but words hurt more. Even if no physical contact takes place, a victim may still experience great pain because of verbal harassment. This kind of adverse action happens almost anywhere, including at work.
Employees often receive harassing remarks from their colleagues, superiors, and even their employers because they lack some things or they do not meet certain standards of the group. If this happens, they may not be able to work effectively.
If you experience verbal harassment in the workplace, here are the things you should do to stop it:
- Report it to the Human Resources officer. Remember that you should follow a certain process before you can complain to your boss. The first thing you should do is inform the HR administrator about your situation.
- Complain to your employer. Ask your employer to impose a penalty to the person responsible for making bad statements against you. He may issue an initial warning to let the offender stop what he is doing.
- Seek legal assistance. If both your HR officer and employer did not do anything to improve your working condition, you should seek help from an experienced employment lawyer. Make sure your attorney has the skills and knowledge to handle and pursue your complaint.
- File a verbal harassment case through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). With the aid of your lawyer, submit your complaint with the EEOC. They will be the one to conduct the investigation to prove your accusation against the defendant.
These are the basic things you can do to make your harassers pay. Under labor laws, any offensive statement that has something to do with an employee's gender, race, religion, age, educational background, credit history rating, marital status, political view, criminal records, etc. is considered verbal harassment. The EEOC will file charges against the perpetrator in behalf of the complainant.
Interestingly, even second-hand verbal harassment is not allowed by the law. Making offensive remarks, statements, and jokes when the employee is not around is considered second-hand verbal harassment.
Verbal harassment is a violation at work. If you can prove that your co-employees and company superiors are responsible for the hostile work environment you are experiencing at work, just seek legal help from a Los Angeles labor attorney. With his help, you would eventually be able to put an end to the verbal harassment you are going through.