How to document harassment in the workplace in Pennsylvania

On Behalf of | Jul 19, 2021 | Employment law

Workplace harassment comes in various forms: bullying, physical and sexual harassment, and verbal threats among others. If you have experienced harassment at your Pennsylvania workplace, it is important that you take action to prevent repeat incidents in the future. And since you need evidence to prove workplace harassment, it is important that you start by getting your account of things right.

Here is how you document workplace harassment in Pennsylvania.

Properly save your digital evidence

Proving workplace harassment can be a challenge when you have nothing to corroborate your story. Filing screenshots of offending emails, charts, and texts can go a long way in proving your workplace harassment claim. It is important to note that illegal and harassing behavior does not have to happen within the workplace to qualify as workplace harassment.

Create a memo of specific harassment incidents

In most harassment claims, there is never much to rely on but the victim’s side of the story. You can validate your claim by creating a detailed memo immediately after the incident. Remember, harassment can quickly escalate. As such, it is important that you document it as it happens. In your memo, it is important that you include the following:

  • A detailed account of what happened, including the parties involved
  • The date, time, and location of the incident
  • The witnesses to the incident

Report the incident to the relevant department

You might think you do not have to report the incident to the relevant department within the organization. However, this is extremely important, especially if you plan on filing a lawsuit. It is important that you retain a copy of your complaint report. Most importantly, assure your employer that you are willing and ready to cooperate with anyone assigned to investigate your complaint further.

Harassment in the workplace can gravely affect the victim’s productivity, mental health and the organization as a whole. If you believe you have been harassed at work, it is important that you take action to stop this vice from happening to you or your co-workers in the future. An experienced employment law attorney can review your complaint and advise on what the law considers workplace harassment, counsel you about your legal options, and act on your behalf should you opt to sue your employer.