This behavior is a civil rights violation , and it's illegal in the workplace when it affects the terms or conditions of a person's employment. States also have their own laws making sex or gender discrimination illegal. Sexual harassment falls under the umbrella of gender discrimination. According to company policy, a woman may be entitled to the same perks, advancements, pay and other benefits as her male counterpart, but behavior toward her in the workplace may be untenable and it's usually related to her gender. You may be familiar with the MeToo movement birthed by sexual harassment claims made against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein when actress Ashley Judd shared her story with major news outlets.
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Federal government websites often end in. The laws enforced by EEOC also prohibit sexual harassment at work. Sex harassment includes conduct that is sexual in nature, such as sexual jokes or requests for sexual favors, and non-sexual conduct that is based on your gender. The law protects you from being sexually harassed by your supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, and others in your workplace, such as a client or customer. The harasser, as well as the victim, can be a male or female. Finally, the laws enforced by EEOC protect you from being punished or harassed at work because you or someone you closely associate with for example, a relative or close friend complains about sex discrimination.
The Equality Act is a bill in the United States Congress , that, if passed, would amend the Civil Rights Act of to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment , housing , public accommodations , public education , federal funding , credit , and the jury system. Clayton County, Georgia protects "gay and transgender" people in matters of employment, but not in other respects. As of , 29 states have not outlawed anti-LGBT discrimination , with members of the LGBT community being given little protection at a national level   and two-thirds of LGBT Americans in the United States reporting facing or having experienced discrimination in their personal lives. The Equality Act seeks to remedy this lack of protection, applying existing state anti-LGBT discrimination laws nationwide. Some feminists and women's rights organizations have opposed part of the bill because they say wording which defines sex to include gender identity will harm women's rights,  such as rights to their own sports  and their own single-sex spaces such as prisons, locker rooms and shelters.
There are some circumstances when being treated differently due to sex is lawful. The Equality Act says you must not be discriminated against because:. In the Equality Act, sex can mean either male or female, or a group of people like men or boys, or women or girls. This happens when, because of your sex, someone treats you worse than someone of the opposite sex who is in a similar situation. For example:.