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How sexual harassment can affect your health

One of the challenges you may face in Costa Mesa at the workplace is sexual harassment. No matter what your job title or duties are, being exposed to sexually predatory behavior can make it harder for you to perform your job comfortably. The effects of working in a hostile environment where sexual harassment is allowed to occur can create complications with your overall well-being. Learn how sexual harassment can affect your life so you know when to seek additional help.

Emotional well-being

Everyone does not respond to sexual harassment the same way. Some victims may be able to laugh, joke about and ignore inappropriate comments and gestures; others may not. It is normal for you to react emotionally to some or all the sexually offensive behavior you experience and see in the workplace. Common emotional effects include increased stress, anger, depression and decreased confidence and job performance.

Physical health

The emotional side effects of sexual harassment can manifest in physical ways. You may lose your appetite or eat more because you are anxious about the way you are being treated at work. Changes in eating habits can lead to unhealthy weight changes and affect your ability to sleep at night. Other more serious physical effects include high blood pressure, migraines, hormonal imbalances and a compromised immune system.

If sexual harassment is causing you to change your behavior so you can counteract some of the effects it has on your physical and emotional health, you should speak to an attorney to receive guidance.

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