YW Sexual Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace


Information for Teens, Parents, Teachers and Employers


Teens in their first jobs are a particularly vulnerable worker population and may be more prone to discriminatory or predatory behavior. The laws that deal with discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace are enforced by a federal agency called the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Read about real EEOC cases here


To learn more about sexual harassment or other forms of discrimination, and how they can affect you or your teen, go the EEOC web site, Youth at Work.  There are also sexual harassment modules included in the curriculum materials available through this website at HSAWT: Curriculum Materials for Educators.

If you have additional questions or concerns about sexual harassment on the job or job discrimination, you can contact the following offices:

Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Federal Office Building
909 First Avenue Suite 400 Seattle, WA 98104-1061
Phone: 206-220-6883 or 1-800-669-4000
TTY: 206-220-6882 or 1-800-669-6820
Website: http://www.eeoc.gov/

Washington State Human Rights Commission
711 South Capitol Way, Suite 402
P.O. Box 42490
Olympia, WA 98504-2490
Phone: 360-753-6770 Fax: 360-586-2282
TTY: 800-300-7525
Website: http://www.hum.wa.gov