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If you are harassed at work, here’s what to document in order to start collecting evidence.

If you are harassed at work, here’s what to document in order to start collecting evidence.

Workplace harassment can leave you feeling ashamed, embarrassed, upset and maybe even angry. While these feelings can be difficult to deal with, starting to gather evidence of the harassment can be one powerful thing you can do to take action, start fighting back and prepare to possibly file a case against the harasser and/or an employer.

How to Keep a Harassment Log

One important way to gather evidence of workplace harassment can be to keep a log, documenting specific details about each incident of harassment. To ensure your log is as helpful as possible in the future, here are the specifics to record in it (for each event that takes place):

  1. Who the harasser or harassers were/are – Record the names of all parties involved in the harassment. For each individual, it can also be helpful to document his or her work relationship to you (e.g., supervisor, colleague, client, etc.). These details can be easy to forget if or when the harassment persists.
  2. When the harassment occurred – Record the date, time and exact location of the incident. It is also important to note what exactly was occurring prior to the incident, such as a work meeting, a work party, etc. These details can set the scene, and documenting them now can help you track how frequent the harassment is/has been occurring.
  3. What took place to constitute the harassment – Essentially, describe the event in as much detail as you can remember, recording who said what, whether there were any witnesses present, etc. Your records on this may prove to be very helpful later, especially if the harasser or employer tries to tell a different story about what occurred.
  4. Whether or not you told the employer about the harassment – If you did not report the incident, record why not. If you did, record who you told, what was said and what (if any) actions were taken following your report. If there is a pattern of harassment and the employer fails to take action, your records on this can be crucial to proving the employer has violated your rights.

Documenting Harassment at Work: More Important Information

  • When harassment is not verbal – The above assumes that incidents of harassment involve someone saying something to another person. However, workplace harassment can be non-verbal also. For instance, harassment can occur via the display of offensive materials. In these cases, finding the appropriate manner to record the event (e.g., taking a picture) will be necessary.
  • The next steps – When you have experienced (and recorded) ongoing workplace harassment (i.e., a pattern of harassment), contact an experienced harassment lawyer to find out more about your best options for proceeding.

Contact a Los Angeles Employment Attorney at Moon and Yang Professional Corporation

Have you been the target of harassment in the workplace? If so, you can turn to an experienced Los Angeles employment attorney at the Moon and Yang Professional Corporation for aggressive, effective legal advocacy in your pursuit of justice.

To find out more about our services and how we can help you, contact us today by calling (213) 232-3128 or by emailing us using the contact form on this page.

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