Workplace harassment that is severe or pervasive enough to create a work environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or abusive. It can involve unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability.
Offensive conduct may include offensive jokes, slurs, name calling, physical assaults or threats, intimidation, ridicule or mockery, insults or put-downs, offensive objects or pictures, and interference with work performance. Any person affected by the harassment, not just the person at whom the harassment was directed, may be entitled to relief under state law or federal anti-discrimination laws.
See discrimination; harassment [sexual harassment]
Source: Barron's Dictionary of Legal Terms, Steven H. Gifis, 5th Edition; © 2016