How to Report Sexual Harassment in Connecticut

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What is Sexual Harassment in Connecticut?

Unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sex acts are considered sexual harassment under Connecticut law if they occur when:

  • Continued employment requires tolerating such conduct 
  • Rejection of harassing behavior results in lost advancement opportunity or termination from an employer
  • Harassment significantly interferes with someone’s work performance or creates a hostile or intimidating work environment

The definition of sexual harassment in Connecticut also applies to anyone working for family members or working in a domestic service role. 

In cases of harassment, gender is irrelevant. Sexual harassment can happen to anyone, regardless of the gender of either the perpetrator or the victim. Claims of sexual harassment must be taken seriously, regardless of the gender of the parties involved. 

Harassment can occur at the workplace but may also occur in any other venue such as an offsite work party or retreat. It may also occur both in-person or online via email, text, or social media. 

Connecticut Sexual Harassment Law Overview 

Connecticut has led the charge on sexual harassment prevention, notably passing the following laws: 

  •  Human Rights and Opportunity Act  
  • Connecticut Discriminatory Employment Practices Act
  • Public Acts 19-16 and 19-93 (the Time’s Up Act)

These laws create protections against sexual harassment as well as establish sexual harassment training requirements for employers and employees within the state of Connecticut.

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Reporting Connecticut Sexual Harassment Complaints

What are the steps you can take if you have been sexually harassed in the State of Connecticut? Let’s take a look at a strategy to safely address a harassment situation:

  1. If you feel the circumstances are safe, and you feel comfortable, directly as the harasser to stop the unwanted behavior.

    Many times, simply confronting and addressing the individual directly is enough to bring an end to the issue. The offending individual may not realize they have crossed the line or simply may back off when they realize you are not going to tolerate such behavior.
  2. Take a look at your company policy to determine who you may report the incident to. 

    Most companies will have a formal harassment policy in place. Take a look at the policy to determine if there is a formal process you may follow. This process may involve submitting a complaint to a specific email inbox or a written complaint to a specific department. In general, it is highly advisable to submit any complaints in written form, retaining time-stamped copies of any written communications for your own records. 
  3. Tell your supervisor, Human Resources Officer, or another management employee 

    After you have followed any formal complaint processes, notify your supervisor or HR representative of the complaint. If the individual committing the harassment is your direct supervisor, be prepared to report the issue to their supervisor or another manager or supervisor in the organization.
  4. If your position is unionized, tell your union representative 

    Once your complaint is submitted, supply your union representative with a copy of the written complaint. Follow any additional process your union may have in place.
  5. File a complaint with the CHRO or with the EEOC.

    Under the Times Up Act, Connecticut employees who have been subjected to sexual harassment, have 300 days from the the date of the alleged incident to file a formal complaint with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO). See below for details for filing harassment complaints with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.  

Filing a harassment complaint with CHRO

This complaint may be submitted in person at a CHRO office, via digital communication (email), letter, or phone call.

Complaints submitted in person at a CHRO office can use one of the four CHRO office locations. The location of the harassment will determine which office should be contacted for the complaint:

For harassment that occured at:Contact this office:
Avon
Bloomfield
Canton
Collinsville
East Granby
Farmington
Granby
Hartford
New Britain
Newington
Plainville
Rocky Hill
Simsbury
Suffield
West Hartford
Wethersfield
Windsor
Windsor Locks
Unionville
Capitol Region Office
450 Columbus Boulevard
Hartford, CT 06103

Phone: (860) 566-7710
Fax: (860) 566-1997
TDD: (860) 566-7710
Email: [email protected]
Andover
Ashford
Bolton
Bozrah
Brooklyn
Canterbury
Chaplin
Chester
Clinton
Colchester
Columbia
Coventry
Deep River
Eastford
East Haddam
East Hampton
East Hartford
East Lyme
East Windsor
Ellington
Enfield
Essex
Franklin
Glastonbury
Griswold
Groton
Haddam
Hampton
Hebron
Killingly
Killingworth
Lebanon
Ledyard
Lisbon
Lyme
Manchester
Mansfield
Marlborough
Montville
New London
North Stonington
Norwich
Old Lyme
Old Saybrook
Plainfield
Pomfret
Portland
Preston
Putnam
Salem
Scotland
Somers
South Windsor
Sprague
Stafford
Sterling
Stonington
Thompson
Tolland
Union
Vernon
Voluntown
Waterford
Westbrook
Willington
Windham
Woodstock
Eastern Region Office
100 Broadway
Norwich, CT 06360

Phone: (860) 886-5703
Fax: (860) 886-2550
TDD: (860) 886-5707
Email: [email protected]
Ansonia
Barkhamsted
Beacon Falls
Berlin
Bethany
Bethlehem
Branford
Bristol
Burlington
Canaan
Cheshire
Colebrook
Cornwall
Cromwell
Derby
Durham
East Haven
Goshen
Guilford
Hamden
Hartland
Harwinton
Kent
Litchfield
Madison
Meriden
Middlebury
Middlefield
Middletown
Milford
Morris
Naugatuck
New Hartford
New Haven
Norfolk
North Branford
North Canaan
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Plymouth
Prospect
Roxbury
Salisbury
Seymour
Sharon
Shelton
Southbury
Southington
Thomaston
Torrington
Wallingford
Warren
Washington
Waterbury
Watertown
West Haven
Winchester
Wolcott
Woodbridge
Woodbury
Winsted
West Central Region Office
Rowland State Gov. Center
55 West Main Street, Suite 210
Waterbury, CT 06702-2004

Phone: (203) 805-6530
Fax: (203) 805-6559
TDD: (203) 805-6579
Email: [email protected]
Bethel
Bridgeport
Bridgewater
Brookfield
Danbury
Darien
Easton
Fairfield
Greenwich
Monroe
New Canaan
New Fairfield
New Milford
Newtown
Norwalk
Redding
Ridgefield
Sherman
Stamford
Stratford
Trumbull
Weston
Westport
Wilton
Southwest Region Office
350 Fairfield Avenue, 6th Floor
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Phone: (203) 579-6246
Fax: (203) 579-6950
TDD: (203) 579-6246
Email: [email protected]

After a harassment complaint is filed, an CHRO intake officer conducts an interview and records the alleged victim’s sworn statement. Within 60 days from the date the statement is received, the Commission must conduct a case assessment review of the harassment complaint.

Harassment Resources in the State of Connecticut 

In addition to filing a complaint with the CHRO and possibly the EEOC, these resources may be useful for victims of sexual harassment in the State of Connecticut: 

Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) 

It is important to note both men and women can contact the CWEALF for assistance. CWEALF is a non-profit organization that provides legal advocacy and education resources, community education, and leadership initiatives. 

The CWEALF can be contacted via their online form or at: 

Phone: (860) 524-0601 |  Toll Free: 1-800-479-2949
Monday through Thursday: 9am – 2pm, Friday: 9am – 1pm

Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence 

The Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence is a statewide coalition of programs providers which provide advocacy, prevention, and intervention services in the fight to end sexual violence.

Individual service providers available in Connecticut include:  

The Rowan Center

Hotline: 203-329-2929
1111 Summer Street, Suite 202
Stamford, CT 06901
Office: 203-348-9346

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Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury

Hotline: 203-753-3613
29 Central Avenue, P.O. Box 1503
Waterbury, CT 06721
Office: 203-575-0388

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The Center for Empowerment and Education

Hotline: 203-731-5204
2 West Street, Danbury, CT 06810
Office: 203-731-5200

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Rape Crisis Center of Milford

Hotline: 203-878-1212
70 West River Street, Milford, CT 06460
Office: 203-874-8712

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Susan B. Anthony Project

Hotline: 860-482-7133
179 Water Street, Torrington, CT 06790
Office: 860-489-3798

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The Center for Family Justice

Hotline: 203-333-2233
753 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604
Office: 203-334-6154

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Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Eastern Connecticut

Hotline: 860-456-2789
Willimantic Office: 860-456-3595
P.O. Box 24, 90 South Park Street, Willimantic, CT 06226

Hotline: 860-437-7766
New London Office: 860-442-0604
78 Howard Street, 2nd Floor, New London, CT 06320

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Women and Families Center

Hotline: 203-235-4444

Meriden Office: 203-235-9297
169 Colony Street, Meriden, CT 06451

New Haven Office: 203-235-9297
142 Temple Street – Suite 206, New Haven, CT 06510

Guilford Office: By appointment only
705 Boston Post Road  Suite 3C, Guilford, CT 06437

Middletown Office: By appointment only
100 Riverview Center  – Suite 308, Middletown, CT 06475

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YWCA New Britain, Sexual Assault Crisis Service

Hotline: 860-505-0469
New Britain Office: 860-225-4681
19 Franklin Square, New Britain, CT 06051

Hotline: 860-547-1022
75 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106

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Obtaining a Restraining Order in the State of Connecticut 

For situations involving ongoing harassment and safety concerns, the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch provides information regarding how to file for a restraining order.

Victims may reach out to the statewide hotline for domestic abuse for further resources and information: 

Phone: 1-888-774-2900

Additionally, the State maintains an Office of Victim Services that provides additional services and information. 

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