At work, at school, on the street:
IF IT'S UNWANTED, IT'S HARASSMENT.
Step 1: Understand The Types of Harassment
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Sexual harassment may be inadvertent or intentional, obvious or subtle, and is almost always against the law.
Quid Pro Quo
"Quid pro quo" is Latin for "something for something." It is a trade. When the trade is an exchange involving race, sex, gender identity and expression, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, disability or genetic information, it is considered harassment, and is unlawful in the workplace. QPQ harassment is often, but not always, sexual in nature.
A hostile work or learning environment is one in which an employer, employee, student, visitor, or contractor, does or says something discriminatory that unreasonably interferes with an individual's work or educational experience or creates an intimidating or offensive environment based on that individual's race/ethnicity, color, sex, gender identity and expression, genetic information, religion, creed, national origin, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status or disability.
Step 2: Get Proof
Record the Harassment
Obtaining proof of harassment is the key to stopping it. Using a voice recorder and/or hidden camera is, by far, the most popular method of obtaining proof of harassment. Many models offer time & date stamping, which often helps in court.
Secret Voice Recorders are easy to use, affordable, and record clear voice from up to 40 feet away:
- Pen Voice Recorder - A full voice recorder system, discreetly hidden inside a normal pen
- USB Flash Drive Voice Recorder - Records voices clearly, and looks like an ordinary USB flash drive
- USB Battery Charger Voice Recorder - Secretly records voice & charges your phone, our longest battery voice recorder
- Car Remote Keychain Voice Recorder - Looks like an ordinary car key fob, but records clear audio
- Phone Recorders - Use a phone call recorder to document phone harassment
- Other Voice Recorders
Hidden Spy Cameras can provide the proof needed for certain types of harassment, but they don't record audio:
Step 3: Consult an Attorney or LEO
Consult an Attorney or Law Enforcement Officer
Now that you have your proof, it's time to speak with an attorney or your local law enforcement.
Since state laws vary, attorneys and law enforcement officers can typically help you determine your best course of action to protect yourself moving forward.