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Sexual harassment: Understand what it really is

Sexual harassment is a kind of sex discrimination. It violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which contains Title VII.

Sexual harassment is a term that is usually used to describe cases where there are unwelcome sexual advances, unwanted touching or physical conduct or requests for sexual favors that are unwelcome. The key in any sexual harassment case is that the individual who alleges harassment took place must not have welcomed those advances.

Title VII does offer protection against sexual harassment

Title VII gives you protection against sexual harassment in the workplace. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean that it won't take place. If you are experiencing harassment at work, it's important that you tell a supervisor or your employer. If they are the one participating in harassment, then you may need to speak with your attorney about taking your case further.

What information should you collect about the harassment for your attorney?

You should collect information such as:

  • The time, date and location of the harassment
  • Any people who witnessed the incident
  • Your productivity at work, to show the impact harassment has had on you
  • Your experiences with the harasser, including the date, time, location and any witness names

Having this information along with photos, videos and any other data or testimonies that you can collect can be very helpful to your attorney when making a case.

If you're sexually harassed on the job, you can seek help. There are people who will work with you to hold those who have harassed you responsible for their actions in accordance with the law.

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