Well, I’m dumbfounded by Penelope Trunk’s response to Guy Kawasaki’s question about responding to sexual harassment at work.
In most cases, you will destroy your career if you report sexual harassment. So unless you are in physical danger, you should not report harassment.
Someone asked me today what my values were, and I said fairness is one of them. So it hurt to read someone tell people to ignore harassment at work. An employee that’s harassed will be less productive, or they will quit. A good employee leaves, and you still have a problem, as well as the expensive task of filling that vacancy. An employee who harasses not only hurts their targets, they are breaking your organization.
If you’re being harassed at work, talk to your manager, your director, or HR representative. If that doesn’t help, seek council. If you know a resource suggest it in the comments.
Update: in the comments, Karen Anderson relates her experience with a harasser at work, and the difficulty in getting evidence. However, as Cynthia’s late father said, “Karma is a bitch.” The harasser got his due in the end.