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The true impact of sexual harassment

On Behalf of | Jan 18, 2024 | Firm News

Sexual harassment is still prevalent in Colorado’s workplaces. Tragically, it’s become so common that many people fail to see the collateral consequences that sexual harassment can have an individual’s life.

With that in mind, let’s look at the ripple effects that sexual harassment can have on your life so that you have a full understanding of why taking legal action against your employer can be so critical.

There are several ways that sexual harassment can impact your life. If you’ve been victimized, then from a mental health perspective you might experience the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

These conditions may require mental health treatment, and they can negatively impact your performance in the workplace while also disrupting your personal relationships.

As if that’s not enough, there are physical ramifications of sexual harassment, too. This includes:

  • The development of chronic disease caused by prolonged stress.
  • The onset of high blood pressure.
  • Cardiovascular disease.
  • Some forms of cancer.

These conditions can be painful and costly to treat while also negatively impacting your enjoyment of life.

Yet, there are also consequences for your career when you’ve been subjected to sexual harassment, including:

  • Using paid time off to avoid further harassment.
  • Avoiding your social network at work to avoid harassment.
  • Leaving or being terminated from your job.
  • Receiving poor performance appraisals that stymie your ability to advance in your career.

Find accountability for your sexual harassment

If so, then now is the time to start gathering evidence and building your sexual harassment claim. Doing so may be the only way to protect yourself from the collateral consequences mentioned above. Fortunately, you can find help in navigating any challenges that you might experience as you take legal action against your employer.