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What Should I Do If I Am Being Sexually Harassed?

Sexual harassment, as defined by the Kentucky Office of Diversity, Equality, and Training, is “a form of sexual discrimination.” If you are experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace, you have the right to take immediate and decisive action. At Noakes Law Group, we prioritize the rights and interests of victims. Below, our Kentucky sexual harassment attorney outlines the steps you should take if you are being sexually harassed.

Step #1: Tell the Harasser to Stop (If You Feel Safe Enough to Do So)

You have the right to demand that your harasser stop. No one should ever be forced to endure sexual harassment—whether in the workplace or elsewhere. If you feel safe and comfortable enough, directly tell the harasser to cease their behavior. Be clear and assertive, specifying which actions are inappropriate and unwelcome. Confronting the harasser can sometimes halt the behavior. Whether you choose to do so verbally or in writing, prioritize your safety in situations where confrontation could escalate the harassment or pose risks.

Step #2: Document the Sexual Harassment

Evidence is crucial for any legal claim, and sexual harassment cases are no exception. Keep a detailed record of all incidents of harassment, noting dates, times, locations, and the nature of each event. Include information about any witnesses and save any relevant communications, such as emails, texts, or notes. This documentation will be essential for substantiating your claims if you decide to pursue legal action.

Step #3: Report the Matter to Your Employer (Supervisor, HR Department, etc.)

Report the harassment to a supervisor, the HR department, or another designated official within your organization. The Kentucky Civil Rights Act prohibits employers with eight or more employees from retaliating against an employee who reports sexual harassment. When making your report, provide your documented evidence and be as specific as possible about the harassment. This step is critical for initiating an internal investigation and holding the harasser accountable.

Step #4: Consult With a Sexual Harassment Attorney in Kentucky

You do not have to navigate the legal process alone. If you have been a victim of sexual harassment in Kentucky, an experienced sexual harassment lawyer can review your case and develop a plan to protect your rights and interests. A qualified Kentucky sexual harassment attorney can provide guidance on the merits of your case, help you understand your rights under state law, and determine the best course of action for your situation.

Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Kentucky Sexual Harassment Lawyer Today

At Noakes Law Group, our Kentucky sexual harassment attorney is a dedicated advocate for justice. If you are being sexually harassed—in the workplace or elsewhere—we are ready to help. Call us now or contact us online for a free, confidential initial consultation. From our office in Prospect, we represent sexual harassment victims in Louisville, Lexington, and across Kentucky.

By taking these steps and seeking legal support, you can protect your rights and hold perpetrators accountable, fostering a safer and more respectful environment for everyone.

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