Workplace Harassment

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Harassment is a form of employment discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and might also violate the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).

One form of harassment is the creation of a "hostile work environment," where the conduct is severe and pervasive to the point that the entire work environment becomes abusive. Harassment can also consist of unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), or disability.

Sexual harassment is a type of discrimination that includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, including offensive comments or pictures. When rejecting or submitting to such advances or requests impacts an individual's employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual's work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment, this is unlawful and is often referred to as "quid pro quo" sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment is a horrible thing to have to endure, and both men and women can be victims at their jobs. The person doing the harassing can also be of the same sex as the victim, and can be a co-worker, supervisor or others in the workplace.