Sexual Harassment

A form of sex discrimination based on sexually explicit behavior.

Sexual harassment in the workplace, public accommodations, or housing is illegal in the state of Missouri. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:

  1. Submission to such conduct is made a term or condition of an individual's employment ("If you want to continue working here... ");
  2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis of employment decisions affecting such individual ("If you want that promotion..."); or
  3. Such conduct creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.  This is where the sexual conduct is so pervasive or severe that it creates an abusive working environment.

Gender-Based Harassment

Another type of sexual harassment is called gender-based harassment. It does not involve explicit sexual behavior. This harassment includes epithets, slurs, and negative stereotyping of men or women, directed at a female or male employee. It may include denigrating or hostile written material about the employee posted or circulated in the workplace. Harassment due to gender is comparable to harassment due to race. If it is severe or pervasive enough to create an abusive working environment, then it can violate the law.

If you believe that you’ve been discriminated against or sexually harassed, you can file a complaint of discrimination.