The National Women’s Law Center and AFL-CIO teamed up to share some of the ways unions can help prevent and address sexual harassment in the workplace.


As recent events have highlighted, sexual harassment—unwanted touching, sexual comments, requests for sexual favors and even sexual assault—is a pervasive problem in the workplace. Women in all occupations and industries face sexual harassment, but women in traditionally male dominated occupations, such as construction, and women in low-wage service industries, face an even greater threat.

Working women who want to prevent harassment on the job have more avenues for recourse with a union. They also are more likely to receive higher and more equal pay, better health care and pension benefits, and greater protections against unfair treatment on the job. The law gives workers the right to decide whether to form or join a union without retaliation by their employer.

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