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Long-Term Costs of Sexual Harassment

July 20th, 2018

Philadelphia sexual harassment lawyers fight for those sexually harassed in the workplace.Being sexually harassed in the workplace can be frightening and demeaning, and its effects can be long lasting. Like other traumatic events, this harassment and abuse can affect victims’ lives forever. Recovering psychologically, as well as financially, can be very difficult for those affected.

Long lasting mental health issues and physical effects are not uncommon for victims. They can experience anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to a licensed clinical psychologist, an experience can trigger depression and anxiety. A victim can also experience shame and guilt about the experience, which can devastate their self-esteem and self-worth as a professional. This can affect or ruin someone’s career, causing serious financial strain.

Sexual Harassment Can Ruin Careers

An assistant professor of sociology at Oklahoma State University explains that there can be many financial repercussions for victims as more women were likely to quit their jobs. People that resign from their jobs due to these circumstances could be passing up opportunities that further their careers and future earning potential. It can also damage relationships with colleagues, which can be detrimental for finding a new job.

In workplace environments that do not address sexual harassment, an employee could be penalized for reporting an incident. Employees have been fired and had hours cut for speaking up. Once a job is lost, a snowball effect can occur, leading to a loss of benefits, retirement savings, and more. Medical bills can pile up if the victim experiences emotional stress or even physical injury.

Victims Should Know Their Rights

Those that have experienced sexual harassment and abuse at work should be aware of their rights. Standing up to the abuse can empower the victim and lessen the emotional and financial long-term effects. A general counsel and director of workplace policy at the National Partnership for Women & Families stated that it is important for women, and some men, to know what their rights and legal protections are.

Being familiar with company policies and the proper channels to report misconduct is the first step in confronting the abuser. This can lead to positive changes in the workplace by requiring the employer to correct the situation. If this route does not work, there are other resources, including the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Once the victim identifies a support system and decides to act, the long-term effects can be less damaging to their lives and careers.

Philadelphia Sexual Harassment Lawyers at The Gold Law Firm P.C. Fight for Those Sexually Harassed in the Workplace

If you are a victim of sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace, contact the Philadelphia sexual harassment lawyers at The Gold Law Firm P.C.. We are highly experienced in every area of employment law, including sexual harassment. Call us today at 215-569-1999 or contact us online for a free initial consultation. We are in Philadelphia, and we proudly serve clients from the surrounding areas, including Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, and Montgomery County.

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