Sexual harassment is illegal and no worker has to tolerate it. Sexual harassment is a form of illegal sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Sexual harassment is unwanted verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
- You must submit to the behavior to keep your job or to get a promotion, a good job assignment or some other job benefit; or
- The behavior unreasonably interferes with your work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.
If you think you have been sexually harassed, you may file employment discrimination charges as an individual or as part of a group (known as "class action") with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The charges must be filed within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory act.
Contact your union steward, who can help you file charges.