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2 ways workplace sexual harassment can happen online

On Behalf of | Nov 24, 2022 | EMPLOYMENT LAW (EMPLOYEE) - Sexual Harassment

Many businesses have moved fully online. This can be great for many employees who find it comfortable and easy to work from home. Not only does this save on gas and allow employees to enjoy their time working but, for some people, it creates a safe work environment – however, not for everyone.

Sexual harassment is often a big problem for employees, despite the laws and rights to a safe work environment. While it may be conceivable that employees will face less harassment when working from home, technology may only give harassers more tools to target their victims. Here’s what you should watch out for:

1. Inappropriate private messaging 

Employees may have to privately email or text employers and co-workers for their job. These people may take advantage of private conversations and make inappropriate comments, which may be a form of sexual harassment. Because these conversations can be difficult to ignore and employees can’t block employers, co-workers and clients, these problems may continue to happen even when it’s clear that the conversation is strictly business.

2. Social media account comments and stalking

With everyone being online, it’s easy to find just about anyone’s public social media account. While this can be useful for creating business connections, it can also lead to sexual harassment and online stalking. Co-workers and employers may try to use an employee’s social media account in a way that’s inappropriate for work, leaving behind inappropriate comments and giving them information that’s personal to an employee. 

If you believe your safe work environment rights have been violated, causing you to fear for your safety, then you may need to reach out for legal help.