US Army Corps of Engineers
New York District

Prevention of Sexual Harassment

What is Sexual Harassment?

  • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment;
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual; or,
  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.

Who Might Be Involved?

Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to the following:

  • The victim or the harasser could be a man or a woman.
  • The harasser could be the victim's supervisor, an agent of the employer, a supervisor in another area, a coworker, or a non-employee.
  • The victim could be the person directly harassed or anyone indirectly affected by the offensive behavior.

Recommended Assertive Actions

Look the person who is sexually harassing you in the eyes and tell them to stop the behavior that is making you uncomfortable. Remain consistent and persistent in the message you send -- in your words and in your actions.

  • If your verbal request to stop does not get results, consider writing the individual a letter stating the specifics of their behavior (e.g., what happened, when and where it occurred), that you want it to stop, and how you expect to be treated in the future.
  • If your verbal request to stop does not get results, consider writing the individual a letter stating the specifics of their behavior (e.g., what happened, when and where it occurred), that you want it to stop, and how you expect to be treated in the future.
  • If the behavior does not stop, get a supervisor or others involved. Be prepared to answer: 
    Who was involved? What was the behavior that you found to be unwelcome of a sexual nature ...hostile ...offensive ...intimidating? When did the behavior occur --- is this ongoing? Where did it occur? How many times (or how often) did it occur? Why you think the behavior has occurred? Who else may have witnessed the occurrence(s)? To your knowledge, who else may have been subjected to the behavior? What did you say or do in reaction to the offensive comment(s) or behavior(s)? What was the reaction to your request for the alleged harasser to stop their behavior(s)? What actions would you like taken in response to the incident(s)?
  • Future actions with specific time frames should be agreed upon by you and the supervisor as a result of your meeting. If the behavior does not stop, the following are additional options (not given in priority order) that you should take:
        Talk to the manager/supervisor again.
        Talk to the next level of supervision.
        Talk to an EEO counselor or other agency official (e.g., human resources, labor union).
  • Document all conversations in regard to the situation.
  • Set a positive example by treating everyone with respect. Let others know you expect to be treated with the same common courtesies.
  • Do not go along with the crowd or be forced to accept behavior that you find unwelcome and of sexual nature --- make your feelings known.

Remember Your Rights and Responsibilities

You have the right to work in an environment that is free from sexual harassment.

Treat others the way you expect to be treated.

Be persistent in taking necessary actions to make the unwelcome and unwanted sexual behavior

STOP!