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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment is widespread in the American workplace, and has a profound impact on women. Sexual harassment ranges from derogatory comments to unwanted sexual advances and threats to sexual assault, and rape. Harassment can have particularly negative consequences for workers in low-wage jobs because these workers can least afford to have their livelihoods threatened. We are working to end harassment and ensure that all workers have an effective remedy when harassment occurs.  The Fair Employment Protection Act provides crucial protections for workers from harassment.

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Highlights

| Fatima Goss Graves Testifies at the EEOC on Preventing and Addressing Workplace Sexual Harassment

February 20, 2015

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Meeting of January 14, 2015 - Preventing and Addressing Workplace Harassment

Testimony of Fatima Goss Graves
Vice President for Education and Employment
National Women's Law Center

My name is Fatima Goss Graves and I am the Vice President for Education and Employment at the National Women's Law Center. Since 1972, the Center has been involved in virtually every major effort to secure and defend women's legal rights. I appreciate your invitation to testify before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on such a profoundly important issue, the breadth and depth of sexual harassment in the workplace.

http://www1.eeoc.gov//eeoc/meetings/1-14-15/graves.cfm?renderforprint=1

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Legal Briefs & Testimony | NWLC Testimony in Support of House Bill 42, the Fair Employment Preservation Act of 2015

February 12, 2015

The National Women’s Law Center submitted a testimony before the Maryland House Health and Government Operations Committee in support of House Bill 42, the Fair Employment Preservation Act of 2015. We believe that ending all forms of workplace discrimination, including harassment, is crucial to removing barriers to women’s economic opportunity. We urge the Committee to support the Fair Employment Preservation Act to restore strong protections from workplace harassment.

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Fact Sheet | Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

July 31, 2000

This fact sheet explains the legal definition of sexual harassment and describes its prevalence and its impact on women in the workplace

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Fact Sheet | Frequently Asked Questions About Sexual Harassment In The Workplace

July 31, 2000

This fact sheet provides answers to frequently asked questions about sexual harassment, including a definition of sexual harassment, steps to take if you believe you are experiencing sexual harassment, and information about filing a legal claim.

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More Resources

| Fatima Goss Graves Testifies at the EEOC on Preventing and Addressing Workplace Sexual Harassment

February 20, 2015

Legal Briefs & Testimony | NWLC Testimony in Support of House Bill 42, the Fair Employment Preservation Act of 2015

February 12, 2015

Reports & Toolkits | Reality Check: Seventeen Million Reasons Low-Wage Workers Need Strong Protections From Harassment

April 01, 2014

Legal Briefs & Testimony | Excerpted Remarks of Liz Watson at Press Conference on the Fair Employment Protection Act

March 14, 2014

Legal Briefs & Testimony | Testimony to Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee re: Fair Employment Preservation Act

February 27, 2014