Unwelcome, discriminatory conduct is legally considered harassment when it is bothersome enough to negatively impact the work environment. Also, if a supervisor’s harassment results in an obvious change in the employee’s salary or status, this conduct would be considered unlawful workplace harassment.
Workplace harassment includes unwanted verbal or physical behavior regarding:
- Gender Identity
- Skin Color
- Sexual Orientation
- Physical or Mental Disability
The victim of harassment isn't necessarily the person who is the target of the harassment, but, can be anyone affected by the offensive behavior.
In addition to harassment ocurring in the workplace, it can also take place during a job interview. During an interview, employers should not be asking about your race, gender, religion, marital status, age, disabilities, ethnic background, country of origin, sexual preferences or age. These are discriminatory questions, because they are not relevant to your abilities, skills, and qualifications to do the job.