What is workplace harassment? Workplace harassment is any unwelcome or unwanted conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or an aversion toward another person on the basis of any characteristic protected by law, which includes an individual's race, color, gender, ethnic or national origin, age, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other personal characteristic protected by law.
Why is harassment illegal? Workplace harassment is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the State Fair Employment & Housing Act. Both the federal and state laws impose liability on employers for failing to remedy or prevent a hostile or offensive work environment of which management knew or should have known about the workplace harassment.
So if the conduct of harassment is illegal, why does it continue, and why do we continue to allow it?
We will examine the various facets of harassment and discrimination, and discuss what should be done in reporting this unlawful treatment.
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