Hostile Work Environment

Handout #1Examples of actions that may create sexual hostile environment harassment Sexual Harassment ·        Leering, i.e., staring in a sexually suggestive manner.·        Making offensive remarks about looks, clothing, body parts·        Touching in a way that may make an employee feel uncomfortable, such as patting, pinching or intentional brushing against another’s body·        Sending, forwarding or soliciting sexually suggestive letters, notes emails or images. Other Actions ·        Use of racially derogatory words, phrases, epithets.·        Demonstrations of a racial or ethnic nature such as a use of gestures, pictures or drawings which would offend a particular racial or ethnic group.·        Comments about an individual’s skin color or other racial/ethnic characteristics.·        Making disparaging remarks about an individual’s gender that are not sexual in nature.·        Negative comments about an employee’s religious beliefs (or lack of religious beliefs).·        Expressing negative stereotypes regarding an employee’s birthplace or ancestry.·        Negative comments regarding an employee’s age when referring to employees 40 and over.·        Derogatory or intimidating references to an employee’s mental or physical impairment.