Des Moines, IA– Many women and men in Iowa face sexual harassment, either at college or in the workplace. Sexual harassment can be so typical from some students and workers that they shrug it off and go about their days without doing anything about the hostile behavior they have to endure on a regular basis.

Actionable sexual harassment, the harassment that serves as grounds for a sexual harassment settlement, is not a singular inappropriate comment or touch between coworkers. Such incidents, though potentially bothersome, are not as damaging to the object and the workplace overall. Repeated and pervasive sexual harassment, however is damaging to both the victim and the workplace as should be addressed for a number of reasons. Two if the bigger reasons are: the affect it has on the victim’s mental health and the potential to escalate into worse behavior and a costly lawsuit.

There are a number of ways sexual harassment can affect the mental health of the victim. Live Science reports that a pattern of this abusive behavior can lead to depression, anxiety and in extremes cases, post-traumatic stress disorder.

In one study researchers found that teens who experience sexual harassment can feel the emotional impact into their 20s and 30s. Another study found that women in the military who encounter sexual harassment and assault are four times more likely to suffer from PTSD.

The stress and anxiety that accompanies workplace discrimination can also lead to chronic insomnia which can have a toll on a person’s physical health and their self-esteem. That in turn will affect many aspects of their personal and professional lives.

Another big reason to take a stand against sexual harassment is how it will affect the workplace. For one it makes the environment at work hostile to the victim or victims and coworkers. A hostile work environment leads to low morale, sinking productivity and high employee turnover. If not addressed, sexual harassment can get worse with additional employees targeted.

Unaddressed sexual can also be costly for an employer, especially if the victim chooses to file a sexual harassment suit. These suits can results in hundreds of thousands, often millions of dollars, in legal fees and monetary damages if the suit is successful. Successful hostile environment claims also require an employer change policies, set up reporting systems and conduct additional training all at their own cost.

If you have been sexually harassed in your Iowa workplace or campus, USAttorneys urges you to contact an employment law attorney near your location to see if you have a solid case and should pursue a civil suit. Because the law recognizes the negative emotional and physical affects repeated sexual harassment, the victim or victims may be eligible for compensation.

Our team of sexual harassment lawyers in Iowa will work hard to provide you with the best claim possible and secure a generous settlement on your behalf. Contact an attorney today and what steps you need to take next.