Fired for Sexual Harassment: Getting a Job Again

Getting fired for sexual harassment is a serious matter. Sexual harassment is an offense, and it may also relate to charges under criminal law. To be fired for this offense may form a permanent black mark on your work record. It can be a long term problem, doing major damage to your chances of re-employment.

Readers please note: This article is not intended to in any way minimize the seriousness of sexual harassment issues in the workplace. Nor is it intended to represent the situations of any specific individual(s) or incidents. The intention is strictly to deal with the issues of unemployment under these circumstances.

The Problems

A person fired for sexual harassment has a potentially career-destroying situation on their hands. Whatever the circumstances, the individual's employment issues are now defined by the reason for termination of employment. There are several options available to deal with these problems. However, it must be recognized that employers will require significant and highly credible evidence that the issues are now all in the past before you get a job.

Dealing with the issues

Counseling

Immediately after the termination, it's advisable to seek help and professional guidance from a counselor, to deal with the personal issues. These situations are often extremely complex, and whatever the case, there are matters to be addressed. A counselor can provide neutral, professional guidance in coping with the termination and the circumstances of the case.

(Counselors are impartial. You get reliable advice and workable options based on your current situation. A counselor can advise a course of action to begin rebuilding your life.)

Employers will also want to know what you've done about the issues related to the termination. The fact that you've seen a counselor is a positive indicator to employers that you're managing the problem correctly.

Career Rebuilding

The employment situation will take some time to rectify. It may be advisable to take up new studies, or otherwise build your skills base, in the interim period during counseling. This also operates as a cooling off period, in which you are no longer confronted with the immediate effects of the termination. You can re-balance your life and career more effectively with meaningful actions like study and training. The training is a further indicator to employers that you've taken proper steps to improve your situation.

Job Interviews

When you're ready to apply for jobs, there are some extremely important considerations involved:

Do not deny or try to evade giving the reason for your termination, if asked. Giving false information will probably get you fired again by the new employer. That's the last thing you need, two firings, one for sexual harassment and another for providing false information to an employer. Lying under these circumstances will definitely be catastrophic for your future employment chances.

State only facts regarding the reason for termination. If you feel you were unjustly terminated, you can say so, but do not, under any circumstances, embellish or add incorrect information, for the same reasons as not lying about the termination. Employers will check in a serious case like this.

Recognize the employer's position. Would you hire someone you know was previously fired for a serious offense without checking?  The employer must see proof of your current situation, and how you've dealt with the issues raised by the termination. Honesty isn't just the best policy, it's the only option available.