Welcome to the Sexual Harassment Awareness and Prevention research guide. This guide is for anyone in the Adelphi community looking for information on sexual harassment and/or sexual violence. It provides resources for conducting scholarly research on the topic as as well as links to Adelphi University, local, state, and national resources for awareness and prevention of sexual harassment and sexual violence. It also includes links for reporting and support for anyone who has experienced sexual harassment/sexual violence, sex-based discrimination or retaliation.
It is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person's sex. Harassment can include "sexual harassment" or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.
Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person's sex. For example, it is illegal to harass a woman by making offensive comments about women in general.
Both victim and the harasser can be either a woman or a man, and the victim and harasser can be the same sex.
Although the law doesn't prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted).
The harasser can be the victim's supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer.
From the U. S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights: