Harassment: Unwelcome conduct directed against a person based on one or more of a person’s protected characteristics or status which is so severe or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.
Harassment in the working or learning environment consists of unwelcome and objectively offensive physical, verbal, or nonverbal conduct that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or educational activities and/or which creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or learning environment. Examples include: • Verbal threats, offensive jokes, epithets, derogatory comments, ridicule or mockery or slurs; • Gratuitous visual displays such as posters, photographs, cartoons, drawings or gestures; • Unwanted physical contact such as touching, intimidation or blocking normal movement.
Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
- Submission to that conduct is made a term or condition of employment,
- Submission to, or rejection of, that conduct is used as a basis for employment decisions affecting the employee, or
- That conduct has the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or of creating a hostile, offensive, or intimidating work environment.
Examples include: • Making unwanted sexual advances including touching, kissing, hugging, or massaging; • Making sexual gestures or visual displays such as leering; • Offering employment or academic benefits in exchange for sexual favors; • Gratuitous displays of sexually suggestive objects, pictures, cartoons or drawings; • Sending suggestive or obscene letters, notes or invitations; • Engaging in graphic sexual commentary about an individual’s body.