Hostile Environment Defined

August 28, 2013

The second category,
“hostile environment,” refers to patterns of behavior or incidents (including verbal, non-verbal, physical, or other) which may
seem harmless as individual events, but which may be considered intimidating, hostile, or offensive when taken together.
There is no comprehensive definition of those patterns of behavior which constitute a hostile environment; however, the
“reasonable woman” standard is often used to evaluate the environment in these situations.