Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

“Sexual harassment at work is a form of unlawful sex discrimination. The law defines sexual harassment as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature or based on sex that affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment” (Equal Rights Advocates).

National and State Resources:

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
(800) 669-4000: Toll-free phone number that automatically connects you to your local EEOC office.

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)
(800) 884-1684: Within California
(916) 227-0551: Outside California

California Department of Industrial Relation, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE)
DIR (844) 522-6734

Equal Rights Advocates
Know Your Rights
(800) 839-4372: Bay Area Based

Peace Over Violence
(213) 626-3393: Central Los Angeles
(310) 392-8381: South Los Angeles
(626) 793-3385: West San Gabriel Valley

Sexual Assault:

National Sexual Assault 24/7 Hotline

WEAVE 24-hour Support & Information Line
(916) 920-2952 Sacramento Based
TDD: (916) 433-3715

Empower Yolo 24/7 Crisis Line
(530) 662-1133
(916) 371-1907

Verity (Santa Rosa)
(707) 545- 7273

YWCA Silicon Valley
(800) 572-2782

For State Employees:

Report any inappropriate behavior to your Management Team and Equal Employment Office (EEO).

If your Management Team and EEO have not been responsive to your claims, you can contact the Department of Fair Employment and Housing:

If you are a represented employee you may also contact your Union for help addressing sexual harassment claim.

CalHR has the Employee Assistance Program where you can receive free and confidential counseling.