Digital harassment is becoming increasingly prevalent and can range from a short, one line text message to sexually explicit videos or photographs.
Today's technology allows for fast and easy delivery of these messages. A sexual harasser can easily use a cell phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer to get a message out in a matter of seconds.
Sexual Workplace Emails
Since many employees have constant access to email and the internet at work, employers have started to monitor and sometimes block the use of certain websites. In fact, a report released by the American Management Association indicates that 75% of major U.S. firms occasionally record and review electronic communication and internet browser activity. This helps to curb inappropriate use, but does not always stop workplace sexual harassment.
Friending on Social Media
Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have really presented a challenge. You may “friend” or be “followed” by a co-worker assuming they have good intentions, but there's plenty of opportunity to post messages that can be considered workplace sexual harassment. Most firms have instituted social media policies that warn against using these sites to harass, disrespect, or offend co-workers and customers. Workplace sexual harassment is wrong and needs to be reported and stopped.
If you have received any questionable texts, emails, instant messages, or social media posts be sure to save them. For advice or to ask questions about workplace sexual harassment call Eric Kingsley toll-free at 888-500-8469. Our local number here in California is 818-990-8300 (Los Angeles Co.); additional contact information can be found here.