Feb 24, 2020 - 04:48 PM
While there are individual state laws that can come into play, harassment is "unwanted, unwelcomed and uninvited behavior that demeans, threatens or offends the victim and results in a hostile environment for the victim." Examples of harassing behavior can include "epithets, derogatory comments or slurs and lewd propositions, assault, impeding or blocking movement, offensive touching or any physical interference with normal work or movement."
It also includes visual insults, such as derogatory posters or cartoons. Harassment can also take place online, when someone may make threatening statements to the victim or start to spread rumors about the victim via social media. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), says that harassment is a form of employment discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act of 1967 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990. "Petty slights, annoyances and isolated incidents (unless extremely serious) will not rise to the level of illegality," the EEOC says.
For more information, visit the EEOC Harrassment Resources section.