Sexual harassment allegations are becoming increasingly common in the workplace, and employees must be prepared to deal with these unwelcome situations. In the Diversity Woman Magazine article “Sexual Harassment at Work,” Partner Matthew McNicholas discussed how victims of sexual harassment should respond to unwanted sexual advances.
“Calmly inform a supervisor what happened and that you asked the person politely to stop,” said Matthew. “This does two things: seeks to immediately stop the conduct and loops in the employer early on to prevent things from getting worse.”
Matthew advised that even in professional environments, such as business trips, a man should not invite a woman into his hotel room. “Even if you have the purest of intentions, the invitation has too great of a chance to be misconstrued or misinterpreted. In this day and age, almost every hotel has a meeting space to use. There’s nothing about your room that can’t be achieved elsewhere.”