Bullying in schools and workplaces has become a hot topic lately. But employers are dealing with an even harder issue to combat-textual harassment.
Textual harassment is defined as bombarding someone with texts and messages on their phone. These messages could be inappropriate, harassing, or repetitive. The problem is harder to deal with, because employers may not see it happening, and only the person being harassed can report it.
If you are being harassed via text, there are several things you can do:
- Keep the messages-do not delete them.
- Review the social media/texting and harassment policies in your employee contract or handbook. Follow the steps that your company has provided to deal with the problem. If your company does not have a policy on harassment that can be applied to harassing text messages, talk to someone in your Human Resources Department.
- Report the messages to your supervisor immediately. If your supervisor is the individual engaging in the harassment, report the behavior to his or her supervisor, or go to your Human Resources department.
Even if the texts were not sent on company time or using a company cell phone, they can still fall under workplace harassment if they affect your ability to do your job, including making you uncomfortable or interfering with your work environment.
If you have been the target of workplace harassment, discrimination or unfair termination, Bouchillon, Crossan & Colburn, L.C. represents clients in federal court and before the EEOC, MSPB and in state and union grievance hearings.
Our attorneys have more than 35 years dedicated to giving clients the attention, advice, support and empowerment they need to effectively meet their goals. We are committed to the principle that all persons shall have equal justice under the law. Call Bouchillon, Crossan & Colburn, L.C. at 304.523.8451 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.