The primary laws that protect against sexual harassment in California workplaces and schools are:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”)
- The Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”)
- Article I section 8 of the California Constitution
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
- California Education Code section 200 - 231.5
The FEHA and Title VII also prohibit harassment based on race, religion, and national origin. The California Ralph Act, California Civil Code section 51.7, prohibits violence and threats of violence based on sex. The California Civil Code section 51.9 prohibits sexual harassment in relationships with professionals, including physicians, psychiatrists, dentists, attorneys, real estate agents, accountants, bankers, building contractors, executors, trustees, landlords, teachers and similar professionals. The FEHA and the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits age discrimination. The FEHA and the federal Americans with Disabilities Act prohibit harassment based on disability.