Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment

Where to file a Complaint of Sexual Harassment

If you believe you have been sexually harassed, you can file a complaint with the following agencies:

Miami-Dade Commission on Human Rights, Human Rights & Fair Employment Practices Division, Human Resources Department
Miami-Dade County Government Employees – 365 days to file from date of incident
Non-Miami-Dade County Government Employees – 180 days to file from the date of incident
Fair Housing – 365 days to file from date of incident
111 NW 1st Street, 21st Floor, Miami, FL 33128
Main: (305) 375-2784 Fax: (305) 375-2114

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
300 days to file from date of incident
100 SE 2nd Street, Suite 1500, Miami, FL 33131
Main: (305) 808-1740 Toll-Free: (800) 669-4000
Fax: (305) 808-1855

Florida Commission on Human Relations
365 days to file from date of incident
4075 Esplanade Way, Room 110, Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone: (850) 488-7082 Toll-Free: 1 (800) 342-8170
Fax: (850) 488-5291

What is Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment consists of unsolicited and unwanted offensive sexual advances, sexual conduct or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that affects an individual’s work environment. Sexual harassment is inappropriate and degrading and should not be tolerated by anyone. It is your right to work in an environment free from any form of harassment, including sexual harassment.

There are three types of sexual harassment:

Quid pro quo sexual harassment occurs when an individual submits to sexual advances in exchange for some employment benefit, such as a promotion, or when an individual refuses to submit to sexual advances and is denied an employment benefit. Gender stereotype harassment occurs when an employer, co-worker or supervisor harasses an individual because he or she does not conform to the typical male or female stereotype. Hostile work environment harassment occurs when there is verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature which unreasonably interferes with a person’s job performance or creates a hostile, intimidating or offensive work environment. There must be a pattern of offensive conduct or many incidents of harassment. Typically, one time is not enough unless it is extremely serious.

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