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Know Your Rights: Workplace Sexual Harassment
- Protecting Women’s Rights at Work Is Harder than We Hoped
- Federal Court Rules on AAUW-Supported Sexual Harassment Case: Harris v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore
- Two Good Rulings from the Court
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Very generally, “sexual harassment” describes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Title VII is a federal law that prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion, and it applies to employers with 15 or more employees, including federal, state, and local governments.
Even with Title VII’s protections, many people across the country still face sexual harassment in their workplaces. This page offers basic information about sexual harassment and guidelines for next steps if you believe you may be experiencing sexual harassment at work.
Are there different types of sexual harassment claims?
What kinds of behavior could be considered sexual harassment?
Can one incident of harassment or offensive behavior constitute sexual harassment?
Can my employer punish me because I complained about sexual harassment?
Are there other laws besides Title VII that prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace?
What should I do if I believe I am facing sexual harassment at work?
What will the EEOC do after I file a complaint?
I’m not sure yet if I want to file an EEOC charge or make a formal complaint to my employer. What steps can I take to protect myself?
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Sexual harassment and sexual violence disproportionately affect college women and impede their ability to participate fully in campus life.
Just as small acts of sexism can harm us, small acts of protest can empower us — and help build the change society needs.
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