Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that is illegal in Vermont. It is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment can create a hostile work environment or interfere with an employee’s work performance.
Employers are required to take steps to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. This includes:
- Training employees about sexual harassment
- Having a policy in place that prohibits sexual harassment
- Investigating complaints of sexual harassment
- Taking disciplinary action against employees who engage in sexual harassment
If you believe that you have been sexually harassed, you should report it to your employer. You can also file a complaint with the Vermont Equal Rights Commission.
Here are some resources that can help:
- Vermont Equal Rights Commission: 1-800-649-8332
- National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE
- Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN): 1-800-656-HOPE You can also get help online at RAINN’s website: https://www.rainn.org
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