Rules and Laws about Harassment

All people have rights. There are laws that protect rights at work. These laws are the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, (ADA). These laws are guarded by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the United States Department of Labor (DOL). 


Sometimes harassment gets in the way of your rights and is against the law. Harassment is against the law if:

  • The action is unwelcome to you, which means that you don’t want the person to do or say what they are doing or saying.
  • You are expected to put up with the harassment to keep your job.
  • Your work place feels unsafe because of the way someone is treating you.
  • Someone is threatening you to stop you from talking about your rights.
  • It happens over and over again or if it happens once and is very severe.
  • You lose your job because of the harassment.