Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a form of employment discrimination and is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Sexual harassment is any form of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other conduct, whether physical or verbal, of a sexual nature. A person's conduct constitutes harassment when the victim's submission to or rejection of this conduct affects an individual's employment or work performance or creates an intimidating or offensive workplace environment.

The victim and the harasser can be of either sex, the opposite, or the same sex. The harasser can be a supervisor, coworker, or a visiting vendor (e.g., copy machine repair technician). Sexual harassment can also occur when a third party is subjected to or witnesses unwanted, offensive, physical, or verbal conduct of a sexual nature.

If the victim is comfortable, it is helpful to immediately and directly speak to the harasser that the specific conduct is unwelcome and must stop. The victim should also make their supervisor (or upper-level manager if the harasser is their supervisor) of the incident. Please let us know immediately if you are a victim so we can help you through the process. We want a safe and pleasant work environment for all our people.

Federal employees are only given 45 days to file a complaint with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC is responsible for processing both formal and informal sexual harassment complaints for Department of the Army Civilian personnel. Please go to the EEOC Sexual Harassment site for more information and assistance.

Your union is also here to help. Don't hesitate to contact AGFE Local 2725 at or (202) -842-4540 for assistance.

Prevention is the best tool to eliminate sexual harassment. Therefore, we strongly encourage managers at this post to take all necessary steps to prevent sexual harassment from occurring. In addition, we want our members to know that there is zero tolerance for sexual harassment.