What is harassment? Harassment
in the workplace is a form of employment discrimination that violates Title
VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the laws in many states.
Employers can be held liable for harassment by supervisors,
coworkers, and nonemployees such as customers or vendors. Employers should
have strong policies against sexual harassment and clear procedures for reporting
harassment. Sexual harassment training for supervisors and employees should
include information on what sexual harassment is, how to prevent it, and how
to report harassment at work.
Most states have laws prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace.
Some states, including California, Connecticut, and Maine, require sexual
harassment training for supervisors. Massachusetts requires employers to adopt
a policy against sexual harassment and to give each employee a written copy.
The Louisiana Employment
Discrimination Law prohibits employers with 20 or more employees
from discriminating against applicants or employees on the basis of sex, which
includes sexual harassment.