Most types of workplace harassment are unlawful
THERE are many types of workplace harassment. Whether it be verbal or physical badgering based on sex, religion or race, it is unlawful and a form of discrimination.
Unwelcome, discriminatory conduct is legally considered harassment when it is bothersome enough to negatively impact on the work environment.
Also, if a supervisor's harassment results in an obvious change in the employee's salary or status, this conduct would be considered unlawful.
Workplace harassment includes unwanted verbal or physical behaviour regarding:
- Gender identity;
- Skin colour;
- Sexual orientation;
- Physical or mental disability, or age.
It is not limited to sexual harassment, and doesn't preclude same-gender harassment. It can be about any personal characteristic and between co-workers, managers or even non-employees like clients, contractors or vendors.
The victim isn't necessarily the person who is the target, but can be anyone affected by the offensive behaviour.
Harassment can also take place during a job interview. Employers should not ask about race, gender, religion, marital status, age, disabilities, ethnic background , country of origin, sexual preferences or age. These are discriminatory because they are not relevant to abilities , skills and qualifications to do the job. -about.com