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Managing today’s workforce: Teenagers and sexual harassment

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Federal and state laws that protect employees in general also protect young people in the workplace. But because of their youth and inexperience, teenage employees may be more vulnerable to harassment than other workers.

THE LAW: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars discrimination based on sex. Workplace sexual harassment falls under Title VII. Employers can investigate and remedy harassing situations without facing liability.

Courts have consistently held that employees are entitled to a harassment-free workplace. Numerous state laws also address workplace harassment.

WHAT’S NEW: The EEOC has mounted several initiatives to help employers understand how different federal anti-discrimination laws intersect and how employers can comply with them. One of them is the commission’s “Youth at Work” initiative.

The EEOC’s Youth at Work web site (www.eeoc.gov/youth/index.html) tells teens they are entitled to a workpl...(register to read more)

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