I found a sexually explicit cartoon drawing of me at work by a co worker. Is this illegal and if so, what should I do?

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Question:  For the past several weeks, one of the men I work with keeps leaving sexually explicit cartoons posted on my computer desktop every morning. He makes fun of me to our co-workers, mostly men, if I tell him that I think the cartoons are offensive. I’ve even tried ignoring him and just throwing his cartoons away without looking at them. Aware that I’m now just trying to ignore him, this man now purposely stands by my cubicle each day and tells at least one grossly offensive joke about sex.

I told my female supervisor about the situation and asked her how to avoid sexual harassment in the office. She basically just said, “Boys will be boys and to ignore the behavior so it will stop. It’s still going on and I find it very upsetting and distracting. What can I do, particularly with an unsympathetic boss?

Response:  First, make sure your boss is noting in your file each of your complaints. Then immediately hire a sexual harassment law firm who’s handled similar employment law cases in the past. No one has to be subjected to the type of sexually offensive behavior that’s going on in your office. While your boss may have risen to the top by ignoring such behavior, she’s actually a liability to the employer for not handling sexual harassment in the workplace more proactively in your favor.

Obtain copies of all favorable work reviews and give them to your attorney. Be ready to file both an EEOC claim and a sexual harassment lawsuit. Should you have kept a copy of any of the past offensive cartoons, turn that over to your lawyer as well.

Answered by Elizabeth Smith

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