The first form of harassment is verbal or physical conduct–which may or may not be sexual in nature–that, because of its severity and/or persistence, interferes significantly with an individual’s work or education, or adversely affects an individual’s living conditions.
Examples of conduct that may constitute harassment include:
• Continued unwelcomed questioning about intimate or personal matters outside the scope of work or learning
• Unwelcome touching or physical acts outside the scope of work or learning
• Unwelcome comments or jokes of a sexual or explicit nature
• Unwelcome comments or conduct regarding an individual’s race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, etc.
• Sending e-mails that contain unwelcome, extreme or persistent messages, images or language
• Persistently joking about an individual’s age, disability, country of national origin, color, sexual orientation, religion, gender identity, etc.