Anonymous Complaints of Harassment Will Not Be Investigated: What Now?
Your manager sexually harassed you at work. Then, you filed an anonymous harassment complaint against the perpetrator but the complaint fell on deaf ears.
Unfortunately, employers don’t always respond to anonymous complaints with timely investigations. Thus, it is crucial for you to understand how to use the law to protect your rights.
This article will discuss the common types of workplace harassment, why your employer fails to act on anonymous complaints, and the next steps in the legal chain. In addition, we’ll also introduce you to an easy and anonymous way to file complaints through DoNotPay.
What Is Workplace Harassment?
Workplace harassment is defined as unwanted intimidating behavior directed at an employee. The table below outlines two types of workplace harassment.
|Type of Workplace Harassment||Meaning|
This refers to assault and/or violence on one’s body. One of the most prevalent forms of physical harassment is sexual assault. For example, research shows that 33% of female federal employees have experienced sexual harassment.
This refers to verbal or nonverbal behavior that causes emotional distress for an employee. Examples of emotional harassment include false accusations, social exclusion otherwise known as the “silent treatment”, defamation, etc.
Why Is Workplace Harassment Underreported?
Many employees are reluctant to report workplace harassment due to:
- Fear of Escalation. Sometimes, after reporting a simple complaint of harassment, the investigation just makes the issue get out of hand much more than it already is. It is daunting for an ordinary employee to imagine court appearances, requests for testimonies, etc.
- Potential Retribution. Retribution refers to being singled out for stigmatization or further harassment. Some people end up putting their friends and families in danger simply because they alienated employers in powerful positions.
What Should I Do Next?
- Send a polite reminder. Human Resources may be busy with other responsibilities and have forgotten about your complaint. Follow up with an email to inquire about the progress of their investigation.
- File a more detailed complaint. HR may not be dealing with your anonymous complaint because it is poorly written and lacks concrete evidence to support your claim. In this case, draft an articulate formal complaint letter and attach all relevant evidence, including but not limited to screenshots of messages, voice memos, videos, and photos. Also, you can try your company’s internal complaint form.
- Report to government agencies. If you have tried to reach out to your boss or your HR and it's all to no avail, you should proceed to file a harassment claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). You should file a complaint no later than 180 days after the incident has taken place.
File Your Anonymous Complaints With DoNotPay
DoNotPay can protect your identity while filing a formal complaint with HR. All you need to do is:
2. Then, enter your employer’s name and your HR’s mailing address.
3. Finally, describe your complaint and offer a solution you would like to see implemented.
That’s it! Once you’re done, DoNotPay will automatically mail your complaint to your HR department without exposing your identity. This way, you don’t have to be afraid of retaliation or backlash.
What Else Can DoNotPay Do?
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