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We’ve combined sexual harassment and discrimination in one section because sexual harassment is considered a form of sex discrimination. Both practices are illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The Civil Rights Act provides basic legal protection against employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. The American Disabilities Act of 1973, prohibits employment discrimination against individuals with disabilities. The Age discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) bans age discrimination. Currently, there are no Federal laws that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. If the employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passes, however, this will change.
We will strive to make this section a source of guidance and information. Let us know what we’re missing. Let us know what you need.
Sexual harassment is against the law.
Have you experienced any of the following at work:
If you have experienced any unwanted verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, you are not alone. This behavior is considered sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is not your fault.
Sexual harassment is not about sex, it’s about power. Such behavior is designed to humiliate and control. It’s not only offensive – it’s against the law.
Sexual harassment is illegal even if the harasser is not your boss or is not threatening that you will loose your job if you don not go along.
What the Law says:
What You Can Do:
Here are some steps to take if you are being sexually harassed on the job:
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