Sexual Harassment: unwelcome physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature that can include sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and offensive sexual behavior or comments.
Hostile Environment Harassment: verbal or physical conduct based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as a veteran or disabled veteran, gender identity or expression, retaliation, and any other characteristic prohibited by law (i.e., creed, marital status, citizenship status) that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, threatening, or abusive environment.
Examples of behaviors that may constitute hostile environment harassment include, but are not limited to:
- intimidating or hostile acts
- unwelcome touching or hugging
- denigrating jokes
- display or circulation of written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group.