NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's human rights commission is urging people to report workplace sexual harassment.

The commission launched a public awareness campaign on Wednesday.

Commissioner Carmelyn P. Malalis says victims may fear that they won't be believed or could face retaliation.

But she says her agency can help them get justice and hold violators accountable.

Malalis says the city's sexual harassment protections are among the strongest in the nation and are interpreted "far more broadly than federal law."

Federal courts say "severe or pervasive" sexual harassment is illegal.

New York City's laws protect workers against any unwanted sexual behavior that creates a hostile or offensive work environment. That includes sexual comments, jokes, gestures, touching, texts or emails.