Pornography at Workplace: How to Protect Yourself

Shivendra Pratap Singh

Advocate

High Court Lucknow

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In today’s digital age, accessing pornography has become easier than ever. Unfortunately, this has resulted in an increase in cases of pornography being viewed at the workplace. This is not only inappropriate and unprofessional behavior but can also create a hostile work environment for other employees. In this blog post, we will discuss how to protect yourself from pornography at the workplace.

Understand What is Considered Pornography

The first step in protecting yourself is to understand what is considered pornography. Pornography can be defined as any material that is sexually explicit, including images, videos, and even written content. This includes material that may be considered “soft porn,” such as suggestive images or videos, as well as more explicit material.

Know Your Company’s Policy

It’s important to familiarize yourself with your company’s policies regarding pornography and sexual harassment. Many companies have strict guidelines and rules about viewing or sharing pornography in the workplace. Some may even have consequences, such as termination or legal action, for employees who violate these policies.

If your company does not have a specific policy in place, it may be worth speaking to HR or a supervisor to ensure that appropriate action is taken if pornography is viewed or shared in the workplace.

Protect Your Devices and Accounts

One of the easiest ways for pornography to be accessed at the workplace is through personal devices or accounts. To protect yourself, it’s important to ensure that your devices are password-protected and that you log out of any personal accounts when using a shared computer.

Be Mindful of Your Surroundings

If you’re working in an environment where pornography is viewed or shared, it’s important to be mindful of your surroundings. Avoid being alone in areas where pornography is accessible, and consider reporting any inappropriate behavior to HR or a supervisor.

Take Action

If you witness or experience pornography being viewed or shared in the workplace, it’s important to take action. Report the behavior to HR or a supervisor, and if necessary, consider filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

In conclusion, pornography at the workplace is a serious issue that can create a hostile work environment and lead to legal consequences. By understanding what is considered pornography, knowing your company’s policy, protecting your devices and accounts, being mindful of your surroundings, and taking action when necessary, you can protect yourself from this inappropriate and unprofessional behavior.