Welcome to the last lesson in this series. If you missed any of the other three lessons, you can click the links below to be view them:
Lesson #1: Put Everything In Writing
Lesson #2: Focus on Your Passion and Purpose
Lesson #3: Build Your Case
Now that you have all the documentation needed to prove that you’ve had to endure inappropriate behavior at work, it’s time to report the misconduct to the appropriate parties. Go ahead and set up a meeting with your supervisor or the Human Resources department, and bring all your documentation with you.
Note: Make copies of all documents, and keep them for your own records.
When you file your complaint, make sure that you’re calm. Lay out your case as strongly as possible; let them know how this situation has affected you, but still maintain a professional demeanor.
You do not want to be overly emotional or irate, because some people will dismiss what you say, and may even accuse you of overreacting…so keep your cool.
Keep in mind that even though you have your own documentation, you will still need to fill out other paperwork provided by your employer. Do not think of this as being too much. Just do it. You want to make sure that you follow your employer’s policies and procedures as it relates to harassment in the workplace so that everyone takes you seriously.
It’s important to note that it is inappropriate to tell your supervisor, or the HR department, what they need to do to the person harassing you, unless they request your input. Let them decide what course of action is appropriate.
If they take a course of action that you feel is not satisfactory, then go to the next level of management. If that does not work in your favor, then the next step will be to seek legal advise from an attorney,
They key thing to remember is this: Never be afraid to file a complaint against someone who is causing a toxic work environment. Yes, people will gossip and talk about what you did, but do not let them discourage you from doing what you know you need to do to protect yourself.
This is very important!