Anti-harassment frequently asked questions
Absolutely. State laws and some federal laws identify multiple ways in which harassment can be committed.
If you are being harassed at work, you should tell your employer. If you feel comfortable, you also should tell the harasser that you find his or her behavior unwelcome. You also can talk to a trusted adult or the EEOC.
If you witness workplace harassment, you should tell your employer. You also can tell the harasser that his or her behavior is not funny and must stop.
No. Federal law protects you from job discrimination and harassment, whether it occurs on or off the work site.
Retail workers are prone to the same kind of harassment as any other industry. However with constant shoppers and customer interaction, it can lead to aggression verbally and even physically if a customer is displeased. These incidents should be reported.
Healthcare workers are prone to the same kind of harassment as any other industry. However, when caring for patients and dealing directly with families, there is the opportunity for harassment both verbally and physically. These actions should be reported immediately.
QSR (Quick Service Restaurant) workers are prone to the same kind of harassment as any other industry. However, like retail workers, displeased customers could lead to aggression which should be reported.
The laws enforced by EEOC do not prohibit simple teasing, casual comments, or singular incidents that are not very serious. For inappropriate behavior to be illegal, it must be unwelcome or unwanted. It must also be severe (meaning very serious) or pervasive (meaning that it happened frequently).
Inappropriate behavior may include similar behaviors, such as comments or conduct that could reasonably be perceived as disruptive, disrespectful, offensive, or inappropriate in the workplace.
Yes! You can call the anti-harassment hotline at 833-224-3829.
Yes. Each state has local and state regulations that are specific to its region. Check your state’s regulations for more information.
The laws enforced by EEOC protect you from being harassed by anyone in your workplace. The harasser can be your manager, a manager in another area, a co-worker, or others in your workplace, such as clients or customers.
Retaliation is prohibited. Retaliation is any adverse action taken by your employer because of your having filed a complaint, testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation or proceeding involving unlawful harassment. If you feel that your employer is retaliating, further legal actions should be taken.
The five most common types are sexual harassment, physical harassment, disability harassment, racial harassment, ageism, and gender harassment. There are many more, and each type has a broad spectrum.
Harassment in the workplace is a huge problem that causes high employee turnover and potential legal claims against employers.
Yes. This is why all harassment claims should be taken seriously and anti-harassment training should be a priority.
Harassment is associated with increased risk of anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as diminished self-esteem, self-confidence, and psychological well-being.
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