Ethena Sexual Harassment Training Course Primer
for Connecticut

Any state known as the Constitution State must have a firm grasp on its legal frameworks. Here’s a quick reminder from Connecticut about how Nutmeggers can find support if you witness or experience sexual harassment at work.

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What’s the law?

Connecticut’s “Time’s Up Act,” codified at Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 46a-54(15), as well as the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (Conn. Agencies Regs. §§ 46a-54-200 - 46a-54-207) prohibits sexual harassment.

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What is Sexual Harassment?

Under Connecticut’s “Time’s Up Act” and as set forth by the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advances or request for sexual favors or any conduct of a sexual nature when: (A) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment; (B) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual; or (C) such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.

Sexual harassment can happen to anyone, regardless of the gender of either the harasser or the person harassed.

Individuals that commit acts of sexual harassment may be subject to both civil and criminal penalties.

Under Connecticut’s “Time’s Up Act” sexual harassment takes one of two forms: quid pro quo or hostile work environment.

What is Hostile Work Environment or Quid Pro Quo harassment? Read more on our Sexual Harassment 101 Page.

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Reporting Harassment in Connecticut

If you witness or experience sexual harassment, you should report it to your manager or HR as soon as possible. If you do not feel comfortable reporting internally, you can file a report with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

In Connecticut, Human Rights Referees are authorized to award the damages necessary to eliminate the discriminatory practice and make complainants whole. These damages can include:

Back pay
Front pay
Attorney’s fees

Cease and desist orders
Pre- and post-judgment interest
Emotional distress
Punitive damages
(if the case is tried in court)

Why Harassment Training is Needed

Harassment is pervasive. A 2018 Pew survey found that 59% of women and 27% of men reported experiencing sexual harassment. Of those that reported experiencing sexual harassment, 69% of women and 61% of men experienced it at work or both at work and outside of work.

These numbers have a very real implication. They mean you may have experienced harassment at work. And if you haven’t, it’s likely you have friends and colleagues who have. 

Being a victim of harassment profoundly impacts a person at work, including lower job satisfaction and a higher intention to leave the workplace, and can extend to physical and emotional health. 

Undeniably, being treated disrespectfully at work is bad for you and for your workplace.

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