Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which was signed into law in 1964, prohibits an employer from sexually harassing an employee in the workplaces.

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sexual harassment occurs “when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.”

Sexual harassment can take on many different forms.  From sexually explicit emails, voice and text messages to physical contact such as rubbing someone’s back or grabbing an employee around the waist or interfering with the employee’s ability to move around.

What to do if you are being sexually harassed at work:

  • Inform the harasser that the treatment is unacceptable and insist that it stop.
  • Report the sexual harassment behavior to your employer.  The employer must be given an opportunity to cure the problem.

If the harassment continues after it is reported it is important to document the situation and deal with it swiftly.  A sexual harassment attorney can help with that.

Contact an experienced sexual harassment lawyer to discuss your situation.