The digital workplace is a new environment for many people, and with it comes both innovative ways of interacting and unique types of problems.
Some sets of problems persist from older workplaces, however. This includes sexual harassment.
Threats and coercion
ADP discusses how sexual harassment can occur in the workplace. This sort of harassment may take slightly different forms in largely digital environments, but parts of it will also stay the same, too.
For example, threats and coercion for sexual favors in exchange for promotions or avoiding punishments is something that can happen both in person and over the computer. Unfortunately, it is one of the most common types of sexual harassment.
Unsolicited exposure to inappropriate content
In digital spaces, a common form of harassment involves unsolicited and revealing images. The harassers will reveal themselves on camera to unwitting victims, or they could send photographs through private chat avenues. Because of the “private” aspects of direct messaging, it is common for harassers to believe that they will not face any repercussions.
Fortunately, technology also makes it easier than ever for victims of sexual harassment to collect evidence. This is an important part of reporting incidents, as it makes it easier to involve the appropriate groups such as a human resources department or even law enforcement.
Anyone who faces sexual harassment, whether in person or online, deserves the chance to advocate for himself or herself and seek help to stop the harassment. Thus, it is important to know how to handle digitally collected evidence when moving forward with a case.