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Types of Harassment in the Workplace

Unlawful Harassment in the Workplace


Types of Harassment in the Workplace

There are a variety of types of harassment that can occur in the workplace. Workplace harassment, whether it be verbal or physical badgering based on sex, religion, or race, is unlawful and also a form of discrimination.

Harassment at Work

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:

  • Sex
  • Gender
  • Gender Identity
  • Religion
  • Race
  • Skin Color
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Physical or Mental Disability
  • Age
Workplace harassment isn’t limited to sexual harassment, and doesn’t preclude same-gender harassment. Harassment can be about almost any personal characteristic, and between any two people - co-workers, managers, or even non-employees like clients, contractors, or vendors.

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.

Harassment at Job Interviews

In addition to harassment occurring 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.

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