Harassment is abusive or hostile conduct which is directed toward or inflicted upon another person because of his or her race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran’s status and which, because of its severity or pervasiveness, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or academic performance or creates a hostile or abusive work or learning environment for that individual’s work, education, or participation in a University activity.
Unwelcome sexual advances, requests of sexual favors, and other verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when …(3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.
Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advance or conduct that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working/learning environment. For sexual harassment to be actionable, you generally have to demonstrate it has happened repeatedly, although one flagrant act may be sufficient to trigger action. The key to defining sexual harassment is asking the question: “is this offensive conduct that a reasonable person should not have to endure?” It has to be unwanted, sexual, and offensive.