Science & Education
This is a difficult situation. In his book, Radiology and the Law, Eisenberg (3) notes that “Even if one sincerely believes that she (or he) is the victim of unwelcome sexual advances or any form of sexual harassment, it is possible that the law may not agree.” He advises adhering carefully to the employer’s established policy on sexual harassment. Keeping a written record and documenting any occurrences are most important. Noting anyone who may have witnessed the event is also helpful. Eisenberg advises that unless the situation is life-threatening, with rape or murder as a real threat, it is advisable to work until the problem is resolved, as unexcused absences may prove difficult and may be held against the victim. A victim of alleged sexual harassment may directly communicate with the harasser either verbally or in writing, as it may be effective in stopping the behavior, particularly if it was inadvertent. Copying the alleged harasser’s supervisor may also stop the behavior and provides documentation if the case goes through a more formal process within the institution or via legal action. It is noted that legal action is an option but can take many years and is very expensive. A claim with the EEOC must be filed within 300 days of the event of alleged sexual harassment. The correct answer to Question 2 is A (be careful as she proceeds, as the law may not agree that any form of sexual harassment has taken place).