When to Call for Backup
Groping should always be brought to HR. But while things like manterrupting are not illegal, you can still report soft sexism if it creates an uncomfortable environment. ‘Only when women come forward are we able to change the culture,’ says CEO Kim Churches, Here’s how:
Know Your Rights
‘Every employer should provide a handbook of HR policies and procedures,’ says Churches. Read it to learn how your company defines harassment.
Consider Going to the Source
‘If the person is someone you know well enough to give feedback to directly, that can be a good first step,’ says chief people officer Ciara Lakhani. Some guys may be completely shocked to hear they’re discriminating and move to correct their behaviour, but others could get offended and angry. In which case…
Make Your Report
‘HR has an obligation to protect the employees and the company, so we follow a pretty structured process,’ explains Lakhani. ‘That means needing to hear both sides of the story.’ Before you get your boss dragged into things, make sure you…
‘If someone is talking over you in meetings, ask your co-workers if they notice it,’ suggests Lakhani. If you want HR to take action, you’ll have to prove the behaviour is a pattern. Having co-workers support you will help.
– Megan Deem