What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is unwelcome verbal, visual, non-verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature or based on someone’s sex. Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. And did you know that harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature? It can also include offensive remarks about a person’s sex. For example, it is illegal to harass a woman by making offensive comments about women in general.

Sexual harassment is not just wrong – it’s illegal. If you feel you are being sexually harassed, you’re not alone. 1 in 3 women have experienced sexual harassment at work and 71% of incidents go unreported. Fortunately, there are many resources available to help.

BetterBrave provides a thorough guide to identifying and dealing with sexual harassment, including information on reporting it to HR and seeking legal counsel.

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RAINN provides information and a 24/7 confidential hotline, staffed by people who are trained to help in matters of sexial harassment or assault.

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National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800.656.HOPE (4673)

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Equal Rights Advocates

Equal Rights Advocates is a nonprofit legal organization dedicated to protecting and expanding economic and educational access and opportunities for women. They provide a toll-free multi-lingual Advice and Counseling Line where you can receive advice and information on your legal rights. All calls are confidential.

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Phone: 1-800-839-4372

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the government agency responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to sexually harass anyone in the workplace.

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Phone: 1-800-669-4000