My rights as an ally

You can’t be retaliated against for reporting sexual harassment or stepping in as a witness to the harassment. It is against the law. If you feel that you’ve been retaliated against, immediately document the incident. You can report the retaliation to your company’s HR or management. You can also consult an employment lawyer to get more information on your rights and advice on next steps.

As cited by the EEOC, unlawful retaliation may include:

  • reprimanding the employee or giving a performance evaluation that is lower than it should be;
  • transferring the employee to a less desirable position;
  • engaging in verbal or physical abuse;
  • threatening to make, or actually making reports to authorities (such as reporting immigration status or contacting the police);
  • threatening to blacklist you from the industry;
  • increasing scrutiny;
  • spreading false rumors;
  • treating a family member negatively (for example, canceling a contract with the employee’s spouse);
  • making the employee’s work more difficult (for example, by purposefully changing the employee’s work schedule to conflict with family responsibilities, another job, religious practices, or other commitments.
  • demoting or terminating the employee