State Laws and Sexual Harassment

Although most sexual harassment claims are brought under federal law, many states have civil rights laws that cover much of the same ground as Title VII and provide an additional state cause of action for sexual harassment. These states often require such complaints to be adjudicated before a specific board or court. States that have civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender and, therefore, providing a possible cause of action for sexual harassment, include in the following:

  • ALASKA: Complaint to be filed before Alaska Commission for Human Rights, also provides for private state action
  • ARIZONA: Complaints filed with Civil Rights Division
  • ARKANSAS
  • CALIFORNIA
  • COLORADO: Complaints filed with Colorado Civil Rights Commission
  • CONNECTICUT: Complaints filed with Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities
  • DELAWARE: Complaints filed with state’s labor department
  • DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
  • FLORIDA: Complaints filed with Florida Human Relations Commission
  • GEORGIA
  • HAWAII: Complaints filed with State Civil Rights Commission
  • IDAHO: Complaints filed with Idaho Commission on Human Rights
  • ILLINOIS: Complaints filed with the Department of Human Rights
  • INDIANA: Complaints filed with Indiana Civil Rights Commission
  • IOWA: Complaints filed with Civil Rights Commission
  • KANSAS: Complaints filed with Kansas Commission on Civil Rights
  • KENTUCKY: Complaints filed with Commission on Human Rights
  • LOUISIANA
  • MAINE: Complaints filed with Human Rights Commission
  • MARYLAND
  • MASSACHUSETTS: Complaints filed with Commission Against Discrimination
  • MICHIGAN: Complaints filed with Civil Rights Commission
  • MINNESOTA: Complaints filed with Commission of the Department of Human Rights
  • MISSOURI: Complaints filed with Commission on Human Rights
  • MONTANA: Complaints filed with Commission on Human Rights
  • NEBRASKA: Complaints filed with Equal Opportunity Commission
  • NEVADA: Complaints filed with Nevada Equal Rights Commission
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE: Complaints filed with Commission on Human Rights
  • NEW JERSEY: Complaints filed with Division of Civil Rights
  • NEW MEXICO: Complaints filed with Commission on Human Rights
  • NEW YORK: Complaints filed with Commission on Human Rights
  • North Dakota
  • OHIO: Complaints filed with Commission on Civil Rights
  • OKLAHOMA: Complaints filed with Commission on Human Rights
  • OREGON: Complaints filed with Bureau of Labor and Industries
  • PENNSYLVANIA: Complaints filed with Human Relations Commission
  • RHODE ISLAND: Complaints filed with Commission on Human Rights
  • SOUTH CAROLINA: Complaints filed with Commission on Human Affairs
  • SOUTH DAKOTA: Complaints filed with Division of Human Rights
  • TENNESSEE
  • TEXAS: Complaints filed with Commission on Human Rights
  • UTAH: Complaints filed with State Industrial Commission
  • VERMONT
  • WASHINGTON: Complaints filed with Commission on Human Rights
  • WEST VIRGINIA: Complaints filed with Commission on Human Rights
  • WISCONSIN: Complaints filed with Department of Industry, Labor, and Human Relations
  • WYOMING: Complaints filed with Fair Employment Commission

Inside State Laws and Sexual Harassment