Your Workplace Rights: Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace The US Department of labor defines workplace violence as “any threat or act of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at a work site.” Sexual harassment, defined by the EEOC as “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature,” is a form of workplace violence as well as a form of sex discrimination, which is prohibited under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. One in 4 women and one in 10 men, according to ABC News, has experienced workplace sexual harassment. The Fair Employment Protection Act, which amends Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, provides strong protection to both men and women from all workplace harassment, including sexual harassment. Despite protections provided by both The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Employment Protection Act, sexual harassment…