This one-page flyer lays out the definition and types of sexual harassment, requirements for employers and steps employees can take if they experience sexual harassment, and is available in both English and Spanish.
Sexual harassment is a form of illegal sex discrimination involving unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct that is based on sex. All forms of sexual harassment are illegal, and employers may be liable for this behavior if they do not take the proper steps to address it. Employers should:
- Provide procedures for employees who have experienced sexual harassment to report complaints;
- Thoroughly and promptly investigate complaints of sexual harassment; and
- Take prompt and effective action to eliminate further sexual harassment in the workplace.
The flyer also provides steps for employees if they witness or experience sexual harassment. To address this unlawful behavior, employees may:
- Communicate to the harasser or their supervisor that the offensive behavior is unwelcome;
- Immediately report the incident(s) to management or the human resources department; and/or
Report the harassment to the following government agencies: the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, the Washington State Human Rights Commission, and/or the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.