Remote female worker being harassed online by a coworker

Are Remote Workers at Risk for Sexual Harassment?

When you think of sexual harassment, what comes to mind? Perhaps you think of a man in a position of power making inappropriate comments or advances toward a woman. Or maybe you think of lewd jokes and crude gestures made by coworkers. Whatever image comes to mind, likely, you don't associate sexual harassment with remote workers. But the truth is, anyone can be subjected to sexual harassment, regardless of their working arrangement.

How This Can Happen

Even with remote working becoming more popular, this shift does not exclude employees from experiencing sexual harassment. Although physical contact is unlikely in a remote environment, many other behaviors can still qualify as sexual harassment. Examples include:

  • Unwanted communication of a sexual nature via email, text messages, or instant messaging apps;
  • Sharing offensive sexual content such as pictures or videos;
  • Making inappropriate comments about an employee's appearance; and,
  • Unsolicited demands for sexual favors.

It is essential to be aware of the reality that someone can experience sexual harassment while working remotely and take measures to protect themselves if needed.

Workers' Feelings After this Action

Employees who experience such misconduct may feel intensely vulnerable if they have no support from coworkers or a lack of understanding from their employer. They can also feel isolated, unable to share their story with the people around them, and develop fear and mistrust. The effects of sexual harassment, compounded with remote working conditions, are incredibly stressful and could lead to even more serious psychological issues over time.

How Kennard Law, P.C. Can Help

Kennard Law, P.C. understands the unique difficulties that employees may face in a remote working environment. If you experience sexual harassment at your workplace, Kennard Law, P.C. can provide the expertise and resources to ensure that your voice is heard and justice is served. We are confident that we can help you navigate sexual harassment issues as quickly and efficiently as possible — contact us online or by phone to protect your rights.