Being demoted can in some ways be more emotionally straining than a firing. This is because, at the end of the day, you will likely have to continue to interact and work with the people who demoted you. This can be upsetting and demoralizing, especially if you believe that you were wrongfully demoted.
One of the most common reasons why employees are wrongfully demoted is due to sexual harassment in the workplace. It is common for employees to reject or turn down inappropriate sexual advances in the workplace, and then consequentially find themselves demoted just a short time afterward. They may or may not have made a complaint about the inappropriate sexual behavior at the time. However, whether they made a complaint about the behavior is irrelevant when it comes to determining whether the demotion was wrongful.
How can I prove that my demotion was due to sexual harassment?
In order to show that you were wrongfully demoted as a result of sexual harassment, you must first be able to provide a convincing account of the harassment. Sexual harassment can be in the form of sexual advances from a coworker or boss, or it could be in the form of unwanted comments, emails or crude jokes. If your demotion occurred after such an experience, you should be able to make a link between the harassment and the demotion. For example, you may argue that you received a demotion from your boss shortly after you rejected their sexual advances.
No one should have to suffer a wrongful demotion. Therefore, it is important to take action and stand up for your rights if you believe you did not deserve to be demoted.