Know Your Rights at Work

Sexual Harassment

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.

If you are experiencing harassment at work you are likely overwhelmed and afraid. The important thing to remember is that you are not alone and that you do have options when coming forward.

The following resources will help you better identify sexual harassment, advocate for yourself and others, and determine your next steps. As you begin this journey it is important to remember to DOCUMENT EVERYTHING. Nothing is too small or trivial when it comes to calling out harassment in the workplace:

  • Your experience with the harasser — time, location, details, and witnesses
  • Your experience reporting the harassment — time, location, details, and witnesses
  • Your productivity — safeguarding and documenting your productivity at work can be essential during and after reporting