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Ask the Career Expert: "I'm Being Sexually Harassed at Work."

Ask the Career Expert: "I'm Being Sexually Harassed at Work."

J.T. O'Donnell | Excelle

Being new to the workforce isn’t easy. Let Excelle help you! We’re delighted to introduce a new weekly column by venerated career expert, J.T. O’Donnell, founder of Careerealism.com.

She’ll be taking member questions each week, on topics ranging from finding your first job, to getting a promotion and managing office politics. Submit your question here.

This week, a community member wants to know how to deal with a harassing coworker.


Dear J.T.,

All the signs are there but I’m just having trouble believing it’s happening to me. I’m getting sexually harassed at work.

My boss’s crony (whom I don’t specifically report to but is in the chain of command) makes me feel uncomfortable on a daily basis, be it by looks, comments, or literally following me down the hall. He even suggests alternatives to my clothes “to make things look more casual.”

I’ve read up on it and have taken the proper steps to document the episodes. I’ve spoken to him several times and even used the words “sexual harassment” in my pleas to back off.

I’ve come to an impasse and think I have to take it to my boss, as he won’t stop on his own. Is there a proper way of handling this? I want to make sure I’m going through the correct channels and that I’m prepared to lose my job over this.

This is such abuse.

I hate to hear stories like this. Sexual harassment is no laughing matter. And sadly, nobody ever really wins in these situations. That being said, I commend you for doing your homework and being proactive in trying to get this under control.

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