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.