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Warning Signs of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Warning Signs of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

If you are in a manager position at your company, there is no doubt that you know about sexual harassment claims and inappropriate workplace behaviors. But some signs are just not as obvious as someone grabbing another employee inappropriately. Our Indianapolis employment attorneys at Biesecker Dutkanych & Macer, LLC have compiled a list of not-so-obvious warning signs that you could indicate sexual harassment in your workplace.

1. Posted sexually explicit images in public and private areas.

Whether posted in the bathroom or even a locker room, sexualized images should be removed. Even if these images are being used in personal spaces, hung in a cubicle, or used as a desktop wallpaper, the manager should step in and ask the employee to remove the images.

2. Crude language and offensive terminology.

Certain language should just never be used in the workplace. If the employees at a company get comfortable and become friends, they may want to share information about their relationships, experiences, and opinions. When discussions like these arise, a manager should be aware of any inappropriate or vulgar words being used and should take action against such language.

3. Employees are demonstrating changes in behavior or avoiding others.

If an employee suddenly begins to miss lots of work or physically responds to being around another employee, ignoring it might not be the best course of action. As a manager, you should take action when one of your employees is demonstrating signs of distress, such as uncharacteristic mood swings, tardiness, missed worked, or detached discourse.

4. Frequent after-work partying or office drinking.

It is totally natural for employees to want to get together, relax, and have fun outside of work, but when that partying and drinking becomes a main part of your company culture you could be facing a potential problem. Of course, drinking and partying does not explicitly mean that there is sexual harassment in your community, but it does breed an environment in which those behaviors exist. Encourage healthy social activities and discourage excessive ones.

5. Underage employees or employees that are very young.

It isn’t necessary to be wary of high-school-aged employees with unique and qualified skills, but if there is a young employee with connections to another manager, higher-up, or employee that could be a red flag. If you are suspicious of a sexual relationship, it is important to get involved right away.

For more information on sexual harassment or if you have been the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, contact our employment lawyers in Indianapolis today for the legal help you need.

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