Sexual Harassment

Discrimination/harassment on the basis of gender is prohibited in employment, public accommodations, housing, and education. 

It is unlawful to harass or discriminate against a person because of that person’s gender. Harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.

Harassment does not have to be sexual in nature.  It can also include offensive remarks about a person’s gender. An example of this would be harassing women by making offensive comments about women in general.

Both the harasser and victim can be either male or female, and the victim and harasser can be the same gender.

Harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted).  Rare, offhand comments or isolated incidents do not qualify.

The harasser can be the victim’s supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer.

If you think you may have suffered illegal sexual harassment or discrimination, we are ready to evaluate your situation at no cost.