Frequently Asked Questions

Some words in advance

Often, it is difficult to identify and communicate workplace misconduct. We help you to contact an HR representative of your company or one of our experts anonymously and to clarify the incident.

Basically:
If you feel that you are being treated unfairly in any way, especially in any of the following cases, you should report this behavior immediately.

  • What is a Whistleblowing System?

    A Whistleblowing System allows employees to report workplace misconduct safely and anonymously to a designated office. In this way, grievances can be detected early on and financial and reputational damage can be preventively avoided.

  • Can I really report an incident anonymously?

    Yes. You can decide how many and what information you want to reveal. We do not ask for your name, age or birth date.

    At the end, you have the opportunity to leave us your email address to receive a confirmation of your report, making it easier to access your message and communicate with your employer or us.

  • How can I report an incident?

    You can report an incident via speakup.lytt.de.

  • What happens after I have reported an incident?

    First of all, we encrypt your data and send you a confirmation email (if you have left us your e-mail address). Then, we review the incident and forward it to a responsible person in your organization or to one of our external experts. You can decide whether you want to talk to an internal or external person in the beginning of the report. The responsible person will then contact you about your individual case number. So you can enlighten your incident in an anonymous chat.

    In addition, we are available to advise you. For example, if you would like a psychological or legal consultation, we will provide you with one of our experts.

  • Can I also report an incident as an Observer?

    Yes. For affected persons, the first step is difficult. The more important it is, that there are people like you who are committed to report misconduct between colleagues.

  • Can I also report an incident as an Accused?

    Yes. Of course, you should have the opportunity to be heard objectively and be advised.

  • What is Sexual Harassment and where does it start?

    The German General Equality Law (AGG) defines sexual harassment as„unwanted, sexually determined behavior that [...] violates the dignity of the person concerned“ (AGG §3 IV).
    Sexual harassment can be done through looks, gestures, words or bodily actions.

    In order to assess whether your case is a sexual harassment, here are some examples:

    Looks
    — in a conversation, a colleague permanently stares on your cleavage

    Gestures
    — an employee makes suggestive gestures to sexual acts or uses work items as sexual symbols
    — an employee shows you pornographic content

    Words
    — an employee repeatedly comments on her figure
    — an employee says phrases like, "Sit on my lap!"
    — a coworker makes sexual allusions or obscene jokes

    Bodily Actions
    — any unwanted acts like kisses, or physical closeness.

  • What is Discrimination and where does it start?

    Discrimination describes any form of unjustified discrimination or unequal treatment of individuals or groups. These can be in the form of utterances, gestures or actions. Discrimination can take various forms in practice:

    Origin
    — a dark-skinned employee is only used in the warehouse because, according to the boss, only German-speaking employees should have customer contact

    Gender
    — a woman is harassed by her male colleagues with sexist comments

    Religion
    — a janitor in a church retirement home is quit because he has left the church

    Ideology
    — a vegetarian is mocked because of his intuition

    Disability
    — a saleswoman is terminated because of her strong overweight

    Age
    — a promotion of the employee is rejected because he is "too old for the new post"

    Sexual Identity
    — A geriatric nurse is quit because he is homosexual

    lease note: Not everything that is perceived as discriminatory is prohibited by law. Discrimination occurs when, for no material reason, someone is treated less favorably in a comparable situation than someone who does not possess that characteristic because of one of the above characteristics.

  • What is Bullying and where does it start?

    Bullying is any form of offensive, intimidating, or malicious behavior or abuse or misuse of power that is used as a means of intimidating, humiliating or vilifying another person or having a similar effect.

    Please note: This must occur regularly and over a longer period of time.

  • Can I also get psychological or legal help?

    Yes. In coordination with your employer, we provide trained specialists and experts.

    Please note: Your employer won't be informed that you are seeking psychological or legal help.
    If you want to initiate legal action, an expert will inform you in advance and discuss this step with you.