Do States Have Laws On Sexual Harassment?

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Yes. Sexual harassment statute are on the books in various forms in all states, usually modeled on the Federal law, but extending the same rights to employees of smaller businesses. What principally differs from state-to-state are the remedies and damages given in a successful sexual harassment cases won. Some states allow an employee to collect workers' compensation, others allow money damages for personal injuries, and still others allow punitive damages to be awarded.

Many local counties and cities have also enacted ordinances outlawing sexual harassment. Under these laws, some have set their own remedies and damages that may be more generous than your state laws.


If you feel you have been a victim of sexual harassment at work or school, learn more about your legal rights by filling out our case evaluation form.