Harassment may include verbal abuse, epithets, sexually explicit or derogatory language, display of offensive cartoons or materials, mimicry, lewd or offensive gestures and telling of jokes offensive to the above protected class members.
The most frequently reported acts were classified as “abuse of power or authority,” “verbal, written and/or physical intimidation including threats to you,” and “attempts/threats to damage your reputation or honour.” Most reported acts of intimidation, threats or abuse took place in the office.These acts included “abuse of power or authority” (70.8%/153 of 216), “verbal, written and or/physical intimidation including threats” (47.5%/69 of 202), and “attempts/threats to damage your reputation or honour” (34.2%/85 of 179).Intimidation (which is also a type of bullying) is illegal in any form.But when it comes in relation to a sexual overtone, it becomes sexual harassment through a hostile work environment.Hostile work environment sexual harassment refers to situations where the employee's work environment is made intimidating, hostile, or offensive due to the unwelcome sexual conduct and the conduct unreasonably interferes with the employee's work performance.
This could take the form of unwanted sexual advances by a fellow employee, but it need not involve sexual advances at all.
Table of contents Under the Fair Employment Law harassment in the workplace may be illegal under two circumstances.
The first is when an employer, supervisor or co-worker singles a person out for harassment because of that person’s race, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, age (40 and up), disability, sex, arrest or conviction record, marital status, sexual orientation or military services.
The fact that the sexually intimidating conduct has existed for a long period of time, or that the person offended has endured the hostilities for some time is not a defense.
Like other forms of sexual harassment, sexual Intimidation is all about power and discriminatory behavior.
A respondent from India said “general discrimination is a major problem,” but especially for her, as a manager.