If the environment you work in is unfriendly, there is a good chance that your performance will suffer. In some ways, however, this may be the least of your worries. Sexual harassment can be deeply distressing and very difficult to deal with. However, if you are subjected to harassment in the workplace, it is important to stand up for your rights and challenge those responsible.
It is not always so easy, however. Perhaps the harassment is coming from a superior, or a respected member of staff. What happens if your employer refuses to acknowledge or investigate the matter when you report it? We saw a similar case previously where an employer allegedly failed to take action on behalf of its employee.
You may fear losing your job, or having your reputation damaged. However, this may be exactly what those responsible want you to think, so it is important to remember that you are protected by law. As is explained here, if your responsibilities are negatively affected, or other employment action is taken such as demoting or firing you, your employer could be held accountable.
Furthermore, if your employer knows about the harassment, or hostile environment and fails to act on it, they may also be liable. However, it is important to bear in mind that if your employer does attempt to resolve the issue, but you refuse to take advantage of this, it could counter your claim.
It might seem like a difficult matter to navigate, but sexual harassment should not be tolerated. An attorney can help you establish your claim and support you as you pursue the fair treatment and compensation you deserve.