What can I do about sexual comments that my supervisor makes to me?

A supervisor of mine kept making sexual comments to me and was explicit about things that he wanted to do to me even though I said no and stop.

Asked on July 20, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Sexual harassment is against the law, and any unwanted sexual comments or attention may be harassment. First thing to do, if you haven't already, is to report this to either human resoures (HR), if your company has HR, or to the supervisor's supervisor--you need to give the company a chance to take action and stop this.

If the company will not take action, then contact either the federal EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) or your state's equal/civil rights agency about filing a complaint--you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Alternately, you could retain an employment law attorney and look into filing a lawsuit for the harassment--but you'll have to pay your own lawyer, whereas the government may help you for free; it's often a good idea to start by contacting the government agencies.


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