There are now six women reporting they’ve experienced sexual harassment by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The Governor says he didn’t know he was making anyone feel uncomfortable, but Sotera Investigative Group President Francis Manfredo is a sexual harassment training expert and says when it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace, your intentions don’t matter.
"It’s not your intent that’s important, it’s the impact that it has on the people around you."
You may be wondering why it took so long for these women to report their experience, but there is no time limit when it comes to reporting sexual harassment. Perception surrounding sexual harassment can sometimes be a grey area, but all New York employees are required to have training, and unwanted advances should be made clear.
"If you have an issue and it’s a light issue like we talked about. A joke, or my hand on your shoulder or something, tell the person, because without them knowing it may continue. Right, and if you tell the person and it continues, you know you’ve already told them, so there’s no excuse for that person."
There are steps you should take if you feel you’re being sexually harassed at work.
"Document the incidents as they occur. Preserve any text messages, or e-mails that they may get. You know write down their conversations and what happened. Keep those things if you are going to come out at a later date. My best advice is to report it when it occurs."
If you don’t feel comfortable reporting sexual harassment to your company’s human resources officer, you can report to the New York State Division of Human Rights or to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.