Sexual harassment victims have the right to take legal action against an employer who failed to prevent or address sexual harassment. If you have been subjected to sexual harassment at work, you have the burden of proof to show that the facts that you are alleging in a sexual harassment case are true. Courts will pay close attention to the evidence that backs your claim. You can help your case when you have documentation that helps prove your allegations against the employer. Here are three ways that you can document a sexual harassment claim.
Keep a Journal While the Conduct Is Happening
You may be pressed on your memory of what happened if you need to sit for a deposition or testify at a trial in the future. You can help your case when you write down the conduct as soon as possible after it happens. Contemporaneous evidence could be considered more credible. Your journal entries should include things like the following:
- The dates and times of the incidents
- Where the incidents occurred
- Who was involved
- What was said or done
- Any potential witnesses to the conduct
- What you did as a result
You should make a journal entry whenever there is a new incident....