As a student journalist, it’s important to be aware of the potential for on-the-job harassment. Unfortunately, harassment in the workplace is all too common, and journalists are not immune. Here are some things to keep in mind if you find yourself in a situation where you are being harassed at work.
First and foremost, it’s important to remember that you have rights and there are laws in place to protect you from harassment. If you feel like you are being harassed, the first step is to speak up and let your harasser know that their behavior is not acceptable.
If the harassment persists, you can file a formal complaint with your employer or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
It’s also important to document everything. Keep a detailed record of the incidents of harassment, including dates, times, witnesses, and any other relevant details. This will be helpful if you decide to take formal action against your harasser.
Harassment can be a difficult and stressful situation to deal with, but you don’t have to go through it alone. There are organizations and resources available to help you. If you are being harassed at work, reach out for help and support.
What is On-The-Job Harassment?
On-the-job harassment can take many forms, but generally it refers to any unwelcome or unwanted behavior that creates a hostile work environment. This can include things like sexual harassment, racial harassment, and other forms of discrimination.
Harassment can occur between co-workers, between a supervisor and an employee, or even between an employer and an employee. It can be verbal, physical, or even just emotional.
If you feel like you are being harassed at work, it’s important to speak up. Talk to your supervisor or HR department. If the problem is not resolved, you may need to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
What Are The Consequences Of On-The-Job Harassment?
While the consequences of on-the-job harassment can vary depending on the severity of the harassment and how it is handled by the employer, there are some general consequences that can occur.
Firstly, on-the-job harassment can create a hostile work environment. This can lead to increased stress levels, anxiety and depression. It can also affect an individual’s ability to do their job effectively and can lead to them taking time off work.
Secondly, on-the-job harassment can lead to disciplinary action from an employer. This could include a warning, suspension or even dismissal from employment.
Lastly, on-the-job harassment can have legal consequences. If the harassment is severe enough, it could lead to a lawsuit being filed against the employer and/or the individual responsible for the harassment.
How Can Student Journalists Avoid On-The-Job Harassment?
Student journalists can avoid on-the-job harassment by being aware of the potential for harassment and taking steps to protect themselves.
Some tips to avoid on-the-job harassment include:
1. Be aware of your surroundings and who you are with at all times.
2. Avoid being alone with someone you don’t know or trust.
3. Trust your instincts – if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.
4. Be assertive and stand up for yourself if you feel you are being harassed.
5. Keep a record of any incidents of harassment, including date, time, location, and any witnesses.
6. Report any incidents of harassment to a supervisor, human resources, or the police.
What should student journalists do if they experience on-the-job harassment?
If student journalists experience on-the-job harassment, they should take the following steps:
1. Keep a record of the incidents. This can include keeping a journal, saving emails or text messages, and taking screenshots.
2. Talk to a trusted friend, mentor, or supervisor about what is happening.
3. If the harassment is coming from a co-worker, try to resolve the issue directly with that person. If that is not possible or does not work, then speak to a supervisor or HR.
4. If the harassment is coming from a source, try to resolve the issue directly with that person. If that is not possible or does not work, then cut off all communication with the source.
5. If the harassment is coming from someone in a position of power, such as an editor or publisher, then speak to a supervisor or HR.
6. In any case, if the situation is not resolved and the harassment continues, then file a formal complaint with HR.
As a student journalist, it is important to be aware of the potential for on-the-job harassment. If you experience any form of harassment, be sure to report it to your supervisor or HR department immediately. By doing so, you can help create a safe and respectful workplace for all.