types of harassment prohibited

August 28, 2013

Harassment is uninvited and unwelcome verbal or physical conduct directed at a person because of his or her race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or group affiliation that is either of the following: … Hostile Environment harassment consists of unwelcome conduct when:

* such conduct has the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance, thereby creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or learning environment, and
* such conduct is so objectively and subjectively offensive as to alter the conditions of the person’s employment or academic advancement (conduct that a reasonable person would find hostile or abusive and one that the victim does in fact perceive to be so). Hostile environment harassment is usually repeated and unwanted behavior, although a sufficiently serious, isolated incident may constitute harassment.