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Posted by Anderson on Jul 8, 2016

A Word On Harassment In The Workplace

For most employees, they see the workplace where there is equal opportunity for growth and development. For them, the office is where every employee is treated with fairness and justice. Unfortunately, this does not happen all the time. The institution they perceived as the vanguard of equality and fairness the very institution that has practiced inequality and unfair treatment.

According to the website of Slater Pugh, Ltd. LLP, workplace harassment has become very common and this has become detrimental to productivity, profitability, and efficiency. Harassment in the workplace violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and American with Disabilities Act.

Under the Fair Employment Law, workplace harassment can be illegal under two circumstances. The first instance is when an employer, supervisor, or co-worker singles out a person for harassment due to their race, color, age, sex, disability, conviction record, and others.

The second instance of harassment is when the content of the harassment itself relates directly to any of the protected characteristics. There is also harassment when the enduring the offensive behavior remains a condition of employment. In addition, harassment takes place when the working environment becomes hostile or intimidating for the employee being harassed. In addition, the offensive behavior may not necessarily involve economic injury or discharge

In harassment, the victim does not necessarily have to be involved. A third party can also be offended by the harassment of other willing participants. Aside from that, the harassment need not be reported or complained about by the victim to be considered harassment.

Even the slightest act of unwanted touching of the intimate body parts is enough to be offensive and defined as sexual harassment. It may also become a criminal offense under “sexual assault” laws. Harassment in the workplace can be verbal, non-verbal, or physical.

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