What You Need to Know About Sexual Harassment in Georgia

Sexual harassment in the workplace can massively impede an individual’s well-being and ability to do their job effectively. Many states, the federal government, and individual companies have policies around sexual harassment. Here is everything you need to know about sexual harassment laws in Georgia.

Georgia’s Statewide Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy defines sexual harassment according to state laws and outlines steps individuals can take to combat it, specifically in the workplace.

How does Georgia define sexual harassment?

In Georgia, sexual harassment is physical, verbal, or non-verbal/visual conduct directed towards or reasonably offensive to an individual because of their sex.

This conduct may include unwanted sexual attention, sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually explicit comments, and other expressed or implied sexual conduct.

Sexual harassment in Georgia also includes conduct that is
– hostile,
– threatening,
– derogatory,
– demeaning,
– abusive,
or intended to insult, embarrass, belittle, or humiliate an individual because of their sex.

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It does not matter if the underlying reason for the conduct is apparent.

Who is a perpetrator of sexual harassment in Georgia?

An individual who knows or reasonably should know their behavior is unwanted and offensive is a perpetrator of sexual harassment in Georgia.

At what point do unwelcome sexual advances become sexual harassment in Georgia?

Unwelcome sexual advances constitute sexual harassment when an employer directly or indirectly makes submission to those advances a condition of an individual’s employment.

What are examples of prohibited conduct in Georgia?

Examples of sexual harassment include (but are not limited to):

  • Threatening to deny or denying an employment benefit to an employee for refusing to comply with a sexually-oriented request
  • Providing or promising to provide an employment benefit to an employee in exchange for sexual favors
  • Engaging in sexually explicit or suggestive physical conduct with another employee in an unwelcome way
  • Transmitting pornographic or sexually oriented materials in a professional setting
  • Engaging in indecent exposure
  • Making obscene hand or body gestures

What should I do if I believe I am a victim of sexual harassment in Georgia?

If you believe you are a victim of sexual harassment in Georgia, you may submit a complaint or report of sexual harassment to your supervisor, manager, division director, agency Human Resources director, or similarly positioned colleague.

If any of those individuals are the alleged harasser, you may submit a complaint or report through the Office of the State Inspector General (OIG) by calling 1-866-HELPOIG.

What happens after an employee files a complaint or report of sexual harassment in Georiga?

After an employee submits a sexual harassment complaint or report, a trained investigator will come from the OIG or the individual’s organization.

While the investigation is ongoing, the investigator may help implement interim measures to ensure the alleged conduct does not continue and the employee is safe from retaliation.

How long does it take for a Georgia investigator to finish their sexual harassment report?

Within 45 days, the investigators will report their findings to your leadership. They will make a final determination based on the investigative report within 21 days of issuing the findings.

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Can I report sexual harassment anonymously in Georgia?

Yes, you may report sexual harassment anonymously in Georgia. However, it is important to understand this may limit the investigation. An investigator may need information from you to perform a thorough investigation.

Can sexual harassment happen to anybody in Georgia?

According to Georgia law, sexual harassment may include any gender combination of offender and target.

Which employers does Georgia cover by workplace sexual harassment laws and discrimination statutes?

Georgia discrimination statutes include acts of sexual harassment and cover private-sector employers with at least 15 employees.

Which employers does federal law cover by workplace sexual harassment laws and discrimination statutes?

Federally, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces sexual harassment laws for public and private-sector employers who employ a minimum of 15 workers.

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