Current harassment prevention laws have their origin in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This act outlawed forms of discrimination. There are several components of the Civil Rights Act. Title VII is one of those components and it prohibits discrimination by employers on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) is the primary agency that enforces Title VII. In 1970 the courts prohibited sexual harassment under Title VII.
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