What is workplace harassment?

Equal Employment Opportunity

Harassment in the workplace is unwelcome or offensive conduct that has the purpose or effect of being detrimental to an employee’s work performance, professional advancement, and/or mental health.  Harassment against apprentices or applicants for apprenticeship programs can be against the law if it is because of certain characteristics – including their race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, and genetic information – and if it creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment or results in an adverse employment action.

Harassment is not limited by gender identity or sexual orientation. Likewise, a target of harassment and their harasser may identify as the same sex and/or share the same sexual orientation.  

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