Employee Issue:

Types of Harassment

Unwanted verbal or physical conduct based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation or retaliation constitutes harassment when the conduct is severe enough to create a hostile work environment or when a supervisor’s harassing conduct results in a change in the employee’s status or benefits. Examples of actions that create a hostile environment include:


  • Making offensive remarks about looks, body parts or clothing
  • Telling sexual or lewd jokes
  • Using racially or derogatory words
  • Expressing negative stereotypes about an employee’s birthplace or ancestry
  • Disparaging remarks about gender
  • Derogatory remarks about an employee’s impairments
  • Negative comments about an employee’s age (over 40) or religion