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Westhill Consulting & Employment What You Needs To Know About Sexual Harassment for Interns
May 30, 2014

Workplace lessons you cannot learn from school

There is no federal law against sexual harassment of interns, this makes stepping out into the work world frightening. Your school most likely didn't prepare or teach you about the possibility of sexual harassment at work and tell you what to do about it.

Westhill Consulting Career and Employment, Australia provides you this article with the information to know about sexual harassment at work. Make sure you know the virtual information before going out there into the great wide world.

Here's what you need to know about sexual harassment:

The first thing you need to know is, what is sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is when you are an employee and your boss, co-worker, customer, vendor or potential boss is harassing you because of your gender or gender identity, that is illegal. Warning! Sexual harassment is the following: unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, offensive comments about men or women in general, off-color jokes, touching, and other harassment that is either so rigorous or repeatedly that it revises the terms and conditions of your employment. A single discourteous comment may not be sexual harassment, however, one incident that is severe could be.

Who is covered, who can be a victim of sexual harassment. The federal anti-discrimination laws are relevant merely to employers with fifteen or more employees. Some states and local governments have laws applying to smaller employers. If you're an intern or an independent contractor, there may be no law against sexually harassing you at work. If you're a minor, you have added protection. Any adult sexually harassing you is probably committing a crime, and could be a sexual predator.

It doesn’t matter where on earth you may be, southeast Asian cities like Jakarta, Indonesia, Australia, Us or wherever, where to report it is the same. It is truly vital that you understand the company's sexual harassment policy when you begin working and remember where you are supposed to report it if it happens. It's certainly in your company handbook or in a poster in the break room. If it happens that they do not have a sexual harassment policy, it’s not a good thing but you are still protected. Do not let yourself become a victim and do not be afraid. People you can and perhaps should complain against sexual harassment to are your Human Resources department at work. Tell your parents as well. Contact the police if you have been touched. Report immediately if you see someone else being sexually harassed. If you do not report it, harassers will keep doing it, and their behavior will get worse, unless you stop them.

There is the number one rule about sexual harassment. NEVER be a silent victim. They're breaking the law if an adult or even fellow teen is sexually harassing you. Talk to a parent or an employment lawyer in your state about your rights.

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